ZocdocAnswersHow do you stop facial sweating?

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How do you stop facial sweating?

When im anxious i sweat heavily on the face....is there a solution?

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The best place for you to start is with your primary care physician. He or she can go over your entire health history and physical exam to help you consider the best approach or approaches to treat your symptoms. Excessive sweating can be very bothersome in personal and professional settings. The fact that you are finding yourself sweating more when you are anxious actually reflects the proper function of your sympathetic nervous system which is what dominates the 'fight or flight' response of stress. Along with increased sweating, anxiety is often also accompanied by an increased heart-rate and a dry mouth. Given the trigger for your sweating episodes, it might be possible for you to consider calming techniques (even including psychotherapy) to help you feel more at ease in the situations that provoke your anxiety. However, excessive facial sweating--also known as hyperhidrosis--can sometimes be refractory to this kind of approach and be excessive enough to cause significant disruption in daily life. There are some medications that have been used successfully by some patients to treat facial sweating, including some alternative medications or supplements such as aloe vera or witch hazel. Finally, some surgeons will perform surgery to treat facial sweating (particularly that which also occurs with excessive blushing), although this is not common. Again, please discuss with your primary care physician.

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