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Antiperspirant Use Seems Safe During Breast Cancer Treatment: Study

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Contrary to what some doctors might say, new research suggests it's OK to use antiperspirants while undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer. Researchers surveyed 92 patients and found that 79 percent said their doctors had told them not to use antiperspirants during treatment. And a survey of 105 doctors and nurses found that 82 percent said they regularly told breast cancer patients not to use antiperspirants during radiation therapy. The reason for the warning is the fear that antiperspirant use could lead to greater radiation damage to the skin, according to the study authors. The University of Pennsylvania researchers conducted laboratory tests and found no difference in the radiation dose absorbed – whether or not patients used antiperspirants. The study was published online recently in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology. "Going without ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Sweaty Feet

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by

-- If your feet are sweaty much of the time, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While it's not cause for worry, you can do things to cope with excess sweating. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Wash your feet daily, especially between the toes, with antibacterial soap. Dry feet well, then sprinkle cornstarch, foot powder or an antifungal powder to keep feet dry. Choose socks made of synthetic materials that wick sweat away from the feet. Avoid socks made of 100 percent cotton. Wear shoes made of breathable material. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them during the day. Read more

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For Some, Too Much Sweat Takes Emotional Toll

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Don't sweat the small stuff. That's sound advice for most – but not if you're one of the 7 million Americans diagnosed with hyperhidrosis. People with hyperhidrosis sweat for no obvious reason. And their overactive temperature control system can cause them to avoid social settings altogether. Hyperhidrosis often goes undiagnosed, said Dr. Robert Korst, medical director of the Valley Health System's hyperhidrosis center in Ridgewood, N.J. Sweating is an involuntary activity that helps control body temperature. The body sweats to cool down and excrete waste products, Korst explained in a health system news release. However, people with hyperhidrosis sweat more than necessary to regulate body temperature. The mere thought of shaking hands can moisten their palms, armpits or even their feet. In some cases, hyperhidrosis happens all over the body, Korst said. ... Read more

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Don't Sweat It: Gender Doesn't Dictate Perspiration Rate

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Differences in how much men and women sweat have little to do with gender, according to a new study. Instead, sweating is linked to body size, researchers found. This might help explain why larger people – typically men – tend to perspire more during exercise or in warm conditions. "Gender has long been thought to influence sweating and skin blood flow during heat stress," said the study's lead author, Sean Notley, of the University of Wollongong in Australia. The body cools down in one of two main ways: sweating or increasing circulation to the surface of the skin. Your size and shape affect which cooling method the body utilizes to release heat, the researchers explained. To investigate this cooling mechanism, Notley and other scientists analyzed skin blood flow and sweating in 36 men and 24 women as they exercised. In one experiment, participants engaged in ... Read more

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Excess Sweating Can Be a Drenching, Wrenching Burden

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – People with hyperhidrosis – an excessive sweating condition – also seem to have higher-than-average rates of anxiety and depression, a new study suggests. Roughly 21 percent and 27 percent of people with hyperhidrosis screened positive for anxiety or depression, respectively. That compared with 7.5 percent and just under 10 percent of other patients, the study revealed. The findings do not prove that hyperhidrosis caused those mental health issues. In some cases, excessive sweating may be part of an anxiety disorder, for example. "It's not clear if this is cause-and-effect," said Dr. Dee Glaser, a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. So the findings don't necessarily imply that better control of hyperhidrosis would ease people's depression and anxiety, according to Glaser, who wasn't involved in the study. "But," she said, ... Read more

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Sweating Over a Perspiration Problem?

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Perpetually damp arm pits and a dripping forehead aren't just embarrassing. Excessive sweating sometimes leads to other skin problems, a dermatology expert says. "Many people who excessively sweat do not realize that they have a treatable medical condition," said Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. People who sweat profusely might have hyperhidrosis, she explained. "If you think you might be sweating too much, ask a board-certified dermatologist if it's normal. Dermatologists are one of the few doctors trained in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperhidrosis and can tell you what type of hyperhidrosis you have and the best ways to treat it," Murase said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. She also offered these other tips for prolific perspirers: ... Read more

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Health Tip: Why Can't I Stop Sweating?

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

-- Everyone sweats, but sweating profusely may be a sign of hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating. The American Academy of Dermatology mentions these risk factors: Having another member of the family who sweats heavily. Having a medical condition such as gout, a tumor or diabetes. Taking certain medications or supplements. Undergoing menopause, which can trigger hot flashes. Read more

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Study Pits Antiperspirants Against Underarm Bacteria

Posted 2 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – That antiperspirant may keep you dry, but it might also disrupt the bacterial "community" that resides in your armpits, a new, small study suggests. Researchers said it's not clear whether that disruption has any dire effects – or whether it could even be beneficial. But the findings, published online Feb. 2 in the journal Peer J, add to questions about the ways in which modern lifestyles could be altering the human "microbiome." The term refers to the trillions of bacteria and other microbes that inhabit the human body, inside and out. The skin is covered in a range of microbes --- most of which are either harmless or beneficial, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Some microbes, the NIH says, protect the skin from invasion by harmful bugs, and may also play a role in "educating" the immune system cells that dwell in the skin. "We know ... Read more

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Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

Posted 26 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vibes: smell. According to a team of European researchers, happiness may generate chemicals that get secreted in sweat, and that sweat signal gets sniffed by those around us. The experiments also suggest that we not only breathe in the upbeat emotions of others, but by doing so we actually become happier ourselves. "Human sweat produced when a person is happy induces a state similar to happiness in somebody who inhales this odor," said study co-author Gun Semin, a research professor in the department of psychology at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal. The findings were ... Read more

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Scientists Sniff Out Origins of Body Odor

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 30, 2015 – There's new hope for people plagued by body odor, with researchers pinpointing bacterial genes that play a major role in the malodorous scent. The findings might someday lead to new ways to control the problem, the researchers suggested. As the researchers explained, body odor occurs when bacteria on the skin break down molecules in sweat. In the new study, the researchers found the DNA in Staphylococcus hominis bacteria that produce the proteins that break down sweat molecules. These proteins are responsible for breaking the sweat molecules into compounds that play a major role in body odor, the researchers said. These compounds are pungent in tiny amounts – as little as one part per trillion. One of the genes found in S. hominis was also found in two other species of staph bacteria linked to body odor, according to the study. The new research was to be ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You Sweat Excessively

Posted 29 Jun 2010 by

-- Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests these possible treatment options: Prescription or over-the-counter antiperspirants. Immersing hands and feet into cool water and adding a special medical device that delivers very low-voltage electrical current (iontophoresis). Injection of diluted botulinum toxin type A at appropriate spots on the body. Oral medication to help suppress overactive sweat glands. A surgical treatment that interrupts the nervous system's interaction with the sweat glands (sympathectomy). Read more

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