Talking to a dermatologist
start the conversation
Excessive sweating may not be easy to bring up, and it’s not uncommon to feel a little embarrassed about it. But once a dermatologist understands what you’re experiencing, together you can come up with a plan that works best for you. Here are some tips that can help guide the discussion.
Before your appointment:
Write down a list of all the medications you are currently taking.
Bring in photos of how much sweat is showing on your clothing.
Be ready to talk about what you’ve been doing (or have done in the past) to manage or hide your sweating. From doubling up on antiperspirants and deodorants to keeping back-up shirts in your desk at work, every detail counts!
Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- How long have you experienced signs of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)?
- If longer than a year, when did you first notice signs of excessive sweating?
- Where on your body do you experience excessive sweating?
- Try to recall the moment you realized your sweating was more than usual. When did you realize your sweating was interfering with your life?
During your appointment:
At this point, you may need to take the lead and bring up your excessive sweating. If you’re not sure how, this list of conversation starters could help.
“I need help with my excessive sweating. It’s affecting my workday/embarrassing me at school.
How can I avoid this?”
“Sometimes I change clothes or take multiple showers during the day.
Is there something I can do about this?"
“Sometimes I avoid going to events where people will see my excessive sweating.
Is there anything that can help my sweat?”
“I've noticed that people are looking at me in public because of my excessive sweating.
Is there anything I can do?”