Health Watch — Summer Kickoff: Sweating

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about hot, sunny summer weather and how it may affect your health. Previously, we talked about exercise and how sweating helps keep you cool in hot weather. But what if you sweat too much?

If you sweat excessively, to the point you ruin clothes and are embarrassed, there are some things a doctor can do to help. There are prescription-strength antiperspirants and medications that can decrease sweat production, but these may cause dry mouth and dry eyes. Another possible treatment is Botox. Doctors inject Botox into the armpit to block the neurotransmitter signal that stimulates the sweat glands. Dr. Erin Welch, a dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this treatment may be popular with brides and grooms and others who will be in public situations while wearing expensive clothing.


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