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A BBC TV interview with Prince Andrew (of the British royal family) is described below:

On claims he was sweating, he said: "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat or I didn't sweat at the time," he said, blaming it on "an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War".

He said he had only started to be able to sweat again "in the recent past".

Prince Andrew 'categorically' denies sex claims, BBC News, 17 November 2019

The medical disorder whereby a person is unable to sweat is named 'anhidrosis' or 'hypohidrosis'. Can this disorder be caused by "an overdose of adrenalin"?

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While I can't say he's lying, there's no evidence that acquired anhydrosis is related to chronic stress (or chronic elevations of adrenaline/norepinephrine.)

Acquired anhydrosis is uncommon but not rare, and is usually caused by diseases that also happen to attack either the nervous system or the sweat glands themselves. It can also be caused by injuries to the skin (burns/heatstroke.)

Idiopathic acquired anhydrosis (anhydrosis with an unknown cause) is a very rare disease which is reportable in the medical literature. None of the reports I've seen address chronic stress.

Just going on common sense, if his claim were true, we'd see a higher incidence here in the US in combat veterans. No such study exists.

Most likely he was sweating from the usual causes: he was nervous or hot.

Acquired Idiopathic Generalized Anhidrosis
Acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis: a distinctive clinical syndrome
Acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis: clinical manifestations and histochemical studies
Skin sympathetic nerve activity in acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis
Acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis in combat veterans

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