Excessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition where one has excessive sweating. Sweating cools the body and prevents us from overheating. People with hyperhidrosis sweat even when their body do not need cooling. Excessive sweating can be from their arm pits, palms, feet or head. In some cases while entire body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.

This can lead to social embarrassment, can interfere with day to day activities. Hands can be so sweaty that one may become conscious of shaking hands, find it difficult to use computers or turn a doorknob. Sweat from the underarms often soaks through clothes, causing obvious sweat marks and many a times associated odour. Because the skin is often wet, skin infections can develop.

Hyperhidrosis is of two types:

  1. Primary – Which is more often a physiological condition where a person has excessive sweating. It might be in one or few parts of body. Mostly underarms, hands and feet
  2. Secondary – Which is more likely due to underlying cause. Either due to medical condition like Diabetes, Gout, Injury, such as head trauma caused by an accident, Menopause, Obesity, Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or due to side effects of certain medication or food supplements

Our in-house dermatologists identify the type of hyperhidrosis and help you with necessary treatment. In primary hyperhidrosis without any underlying medical condition our dermatologists can identify the localised areas and help you with botulinum toxin injections or iontophoresis. Localised excessive sweating can have excessive hair as a predisposing factor, in such cases injectables with laser hair removal is a ideal treatment for effective results. Palmar Plantar hyperhidrosis can be treated either by injectables or  iontophoresis or a combination of both.

Injectable works by blocking the release of acetylcholine which activates the sweat glands. The effects of the treatment are usually apparent within a week of treatment and generally control excess perspiration for up to nine months.

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