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Posted on Tue, 1 Aug 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I am 72 years of age. I sweat many times during the day. Should I be concerned?
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Possibly hot flashes, need to rule out hyperthyroidism

Detailed Answer:
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Episodes of excess sweating in a postmenopausal women could likely be hot flashes
Most women get hot flashes within 10 years of onset of menopause. However, around 6% of women can develop hot flashes in their 70s.

Here are few things you can try to help with hot flash
-Always stay in cool,air conditioned area
-Dress in layers when it is cold, so that you can shed top layers with the onset of a hot flash/sweating
-Drinking ice cold water can help with sweating and keep you hydrated
- You can also consider estrogen replacement therapy if the episodes are too bothersome. Estrogen should only be taken at lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible.

Another possible cause of excess sweating is increased thyroid hormone levels (hyperthyroidism) need to be ruled out. Thyroid function test can confirm/rule out hyperthyroidism.

Hope this answers your question
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Dr.Lekshmi
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