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Hyperhidrosis and Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis is a common problem for many people.
Sweating is embarrassing as it stains clothes, ruins romantic situations and complicates social interactions. Even little things like shaking hands can become a stressful and unpleasant situation for people suffering from hyperhidrosis. With severe functional consequences, such as holding pens, cups, keeping grip on cellphones or using laptops, hyperhidrosis is a condition that affects many aspects of one’s life.

Quick facts on hyperhidrosis

  The condition often first presents itself in adolescence
  Around 15.3 million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis
  People are most commonly affected on the feet, hands, face and armpits
  There are a number of remedies that reduce symptoms

Hyperhidrosis Symptoms

Though symptoms for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis can vary from person to person, discomfort and disruption of normal activities is always reported. Signs of hyperhidrosis can vary from emotional to physical symptoms.

People with hyperhidrosis might experience the following

  Clammy or wet palms
  Clammy or wet soles
  Frequent sweating
  Noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing

Causes of Hyperhidrosis

Recent studies have highlighted certain genes that are responsible for hyperhidrosis indicating that the condition could be inherited. It is thought that the mother carries the gene, but those suffering from hyperhidrosis often have grandparents, parents and/or siblings who suffer as well. Secondary hyperhidrosis or increased sweating of the entire body is usually the result of some underlying condition.

Treatment Options

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Iontophoresis

The hands and feet are submerged in a bowl of water. A painless electric current is passed through the water. Most people see results in just two to four 20-30 minute treatments (5-10 days).
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Antiperspirants

Some prescription antiperspirants include aluminum chloride, which plugs the sweat glands and may work well for moderate forms of hyperhidrosis.
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Botolin Toxin injections

Botox injections block the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. Those who suffer from hyperhidrosis may need several injections for effective results.
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Anticholinergic drugs

These medications inhibit the transmission of parasympathetic nerve impulses. People generally notice an improvement in symptoms within about 2 weeks.
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ETS - Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy

This surgical intervention is only recommended in severe cases which have not responded to other treatments. The nerves that carry messages to the sweat glands are cut. Results are not guaranteed.
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Complications of hyperhidrosis

  Nail infections : Especially toenail infections.
  Warts : Skin growths caused by the HPV (The human papilloma virus).
  Bacterial infections: Especially around hair follicles and between the toes.
  Fungal infections & Athlete’s foot : Fungal infections tend to appear in dark and humid environments, particularly on the feet and between the toes.
  Heat rash : Itchy, red skin rash that often causes a stinging or prickling sensation. Heat rash develops when sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration is trapped under the skin.
  Psychological impact : Excessive sweating can affect a person’s self-confidence, job, and relationships. Some individuals may become anxious, stressed, socially withdrawn, and even depressed.
On average, a person with hyperhidrosis seeks medical help after living with the condition for 9 years.
It is important to spread the word that the symptoms of excessive sweating can be effectively treated.
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