How is excessive sweating in CFS and fibromyalgia treated?

For relief from excessive sweating, try some of the following remedies:
  • Before sleep, apply antiperspirant to dry hands and feet.
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton and bamboo. When you exercise, wear clothing made of moisture-wicking material.
  • Botox injections for problem areas, such as hands or feet, can be an effective treatment against excessive sweating. Several injections are usually required, and the treatment can last up to a year. Discuss this option with your doctor.
  • In severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery, or a treatment called iontophoresis, in which an electric current is sent through water to stun the nerves of the affected area, such as the hands or feet. Multiple treatments are required, but the procedure can be up to 80% effective.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

A little perspiration on a hot day or while exercising is normal and healthy. But if you break out in a sweat while others are slipping on extra layers for warmth, then you might have a problem called hyperhidrosis. That's just a fancy word for excessive sweating. If you're already coping with the symptoms of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, having sweaty palms and stains on your clothes is just one more headache.

Ask your doctor about steps you might take to control your excessive sweating. Using an antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride may help some people with hyperhidrosis. Medications known as anti-cholinergic drugs seem to help control sweating, too. If these measures don't help, a doctor may recommend other treatments, such as Botox injections.

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