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Why do i sweat like crazy?
Jul 7, 2005

I have a problem with sweating when i'm a lil warm to hott and its like crazy and very embarrassing. I got diagnosed with a MAC infection 3 years ago and i take Biaxin and Ethambutol for the infection plus my hiv meds, Zerit, Valctye, Epivir, Dapsone, and Sustiva. And zoloft for depression. Ive asked my physician about it and he really didnt know. Can someone tell me something that i could do or research to find my problem? Thanks D.

Response from Dr. Henry

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can be a tough problem to treat. Infections (including fungal and bacterial skin infections) can aggravate so I assume you are well treated for your MAC and that a dermatologist has checked your skin out well? Sometimes hyperthyroidism can cause excessive sweating so is worth checking into. Occasionally central nervous system problems can cause excessive sweating so a good CNS history and physicial examination merits consideration. Treatment is tough. Anticholinergic agents usually just help for a while and are associated with side effects of their own. Sometimes broad spraying with an aluminum containing anti-pespirant can help. KH

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