Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis

 

What is hyperhidrosis?

Under certain circumstances, sweating is a completely natural response designed to cool the body. Most often, sweating occurs in response to conditions such as physical activity, warm weather, feelings of stress, and even out of anger. However, for approximately 1% of adults, sweating occurs for no apparent reason and at a higher volume. Such individuals suffer from hyperhidrosis: A disorder that leads to excessive sweating in regular activities that do not typically activate your sweat glands.

 

What causes hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is caused when the automatic stimulation of your sweat glands is hyperactive. The response to stress, increased temperatures, and other instances may excessively stimulate sweat glands specifically in highly concentrated areas such as the hands, feet, armpits, and genital regions.

What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

Excessively sweating for at least six months without apparent reason
Excessively sweating in hands, feet, and armpits
Sweating from everyday tasks like taking notes in class or shaking someone’s hand
Sweating that takes place on both sides of the body in roughly the same amount
Excessively blushing on the face, neck, and upper chest
Visible sweating that soaks through clothes
Family history of excessive sweating
Sweating that interferes with work or relationships

Treatment!

Botulinum toxin:

This can be injected into the skin in very small carefully controlled doses to block the action of the nerves that control the sweat glands. The effect usually lasts between 3-6 months but some people report control for up to 12 months. This is the most popular treatment for Hyperhidrosis at our clinics. Botox – Binds receptors to prevent activation of sweat glands.

 

Self-Help (what can I do?):

Try to avoid stressful situations that trigger hyperhidrosis. Alcohol and spicy foods can also can worsen hyperhidrosis. Loose cotton clothing and leather soled shoes may be beneficial. Absorbent under layers like a t-shirt can help and also you may need to bring a change of clothes or socks with you to work etc. It is beneficial to have several pairs of shoes; it may take a few days for one pair to dry out.