There nothing more embarrassing in the world than the wretched sweat patches caused due to excessive sweating also called hyperhidrosis. While sweating is the body’s natural way of maintaining core temperature, sweating all the time needless of the body temperature is a cause for concern. Hyperhidrosis can quickly become a worrisome condition – more so if you are attending a social gathering or at work. Most of the times, a shower or an antiperspirant stick isn’t enough to stop it. Understanding the causes of hyperhidrosis can be the first step towards ending it.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which the sweat glands of different parts of the body are overstimulated during physical activities or other sweat-inducing situations. The target organs of this conditions are usually palms, soles and underarms. People who are severely affected by hyperhidrosis have difficulty in gripping things from a pen to the steering wheel. The most perplexing problem for the patients is when they have to shake hand with other people. Regardless of the situation, hyperhidrosis is uncomfortable and causes a lot of problems.
Hyperhidrosis is one of the most under-discussed medical conditions. Most of the people don’t know that they are suffering from hyperhidrosis and sweating more than normal people do. Expert advice people to come for a checkup the moment they notice that sweating has become a normal part of their daily life.
Reasons for hyperhidrosis:
Hyperhidrosis is divided into two categories by the root causes:
Primary hyperhidrosis is not because of any medical conditions. It is either genetic, neurological, or metabolic in nature.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is because of underlying medical and psychological conditions. Triggers of secondary hyperhidrosis include diabetes, cancer, anxiety, heart diseases, thyroid, pituitary gland disorders, and due to certain prescription drugs. If are suffering from any medical conditions, make sure to ask your doctor about the side effects of the treatment drugs and the conditions itself. If hyperhidrosis is one of the side effects, then you need to know about it to treat it.
How to treat hyperhidrosis:
There are different options available for hyperhidrosis treatment, depending on the severity of the condition.
Antiperspirants: this is the first line of defence against excessive sweating. Antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride are prescribed to patients before starting any invasive treatment. But according to recent studies, aluminium-based antiperspirants are known to cause breast cancer. Therefore, antiperspirants which are equally good but made without aluminium chloride are now being suggested to patients.
Botox: this is the least invasive and treatment with 80% success rate. Patients who have ancillary hyperhidrosis are ideal for this procedure. According to statistics, there is a significant reduction in sweating which not only made the patients comfortable to socialise, it also made them regain their lost confidence. Doctor Etemad-Shahidi who is an expert when it comes to Botox and fillers endorses Botox for its anti-hyperhidrosis effects. Dr. Shahidi is a renowned and experienced Botox and filler practitioner and in addition to training budding aestheticians, she runs her own practice in CosmeDocs clinic.
Iontophoresis: because Botox doesn’t work very well for the patients with Palmer and plantar hyperhidrosis, the patients are recommended iontophoresis. This treatment involves a device which passes a weak electric current through the skin to paralyses the sweat glands. The medium through which the current passes is tap water.
If iontophoresis doesn’t work, then the next option to stop excessive sweating is surgical removal of sweat glands.