- CASE FILE
Extreme full body sweating from minimal exertion in all temperatures (inside & outside), regardless of clothing worn; happens every day.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Other diagnoses: Hyperhidrosis (generalized). History of acne, oily skin (to this day), mitral valve prolapse (minor), tinnitus, raynauds & heat sensitivity, bad "seasonal" allergies all year long despite not being allergic to anything. I have had increased sweating since about age 15 or 16 (now 38). It started being limited to times of exercise, but over the years I've had more drenching sweating from less and less movement. After 5 minutes of casual walking, even in cold weather, I begin to sweat - full body sweating. It is not related to being anxious or panic attacks, although I've also had panic attacks in the past those are now managed very well. I've been to several dermatologists and endocrinologist, testing for everything from abnormal cortisol levels to PCOS to thyroid problems to pre-diabetes, but no reasons have been found. Topical treatments and other popular treatments are useless for me because the problem is not underarms, hands, or feet, but pretty much every where else. I have also tried an oral medication that had no positive effects, just negative side effects (foggy head/fatigue/headaches etc). Doctors so far haven't had any answers and haven't seemed to fully grasp the pervasiveness of the problem. This interferes with my every day life - I can't even go to the grocery store without leaving dripping and drenched with sweat. I get heat rashes in the summer from this too. I have to think about how much walking will be involved before I choose to participate in social activities or events at work, and often have to decline - can you imagine having to decline hanging out with friends or coworkers because you'll sweat too much? I also have to carefully think about the clothes I wear because I sweat through nearly everything - I have a closet full of black! I didn't used to be a home-bound person by nature, but it's turned me into one because of the discomfort and embarrassment from this.