Q&A: Is excessive moisture in groin area common?

Posted: July 01, 2013

Q: I'm a woman with excessive moisture in my groin area, especially when exercising. Is this common and what can I do?

A: It's hard to know how common it is because people don't talk about it. The causes are probably how your nervous system is wired.

Being at your ideal body weight is a good thing. If you are obese, you are going to sweat more in the groin area. There are genetic predispositions: Some sweat more, some sweat less. We have some skinny women who come in at ideal body weight and say they sweat a lot.

Sweating can raise your risk of a yeast infection. But overall, it's more annoying. You can sweat right through your clothes, and there can be an odor associated with it. It's definitely real.

The first thing I tell people is that they can try antiperspirant regular-strength deodorants in that area as long as they aren't irritating. If over-the-counters don't work, there are clinical-strength products. If those don't work, we have a prescription called Drysol; it's a higher concentration of aluminum chloride.

If they all haven't worked, there is Botox. Remember, it's off FDA label for this application. But it stops the sweating and odor. It lasts about six months. As soon as that sweat starts up again, [patients] know they are coming back [to my office]. Insurance won't cover it oftentimes. A lot of women have gone through waxing, and that hurts way more.

Generally, it's women in their 20s, 30s, 40s.


By dermatologist Victoria Cirillo-Hyland of Bryn Mawr Skin and Cancer Institute, part of Main Line Health, with staff writer Curtis Skinner.

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