Hyperhydrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhydrosis is the latin term for excessive sweating. It is regarded as a medical condition, which although harmless can cause immense embarrassment and psychological distress for the affected patient. It is a relatively common condition affecting almost one in every hundred people, typically starting in the late teens in both women and men. The actual cause of hyperhydrosis is unknown, however studies suggest a genetic tendency. Identified triggers of excessive sweating include the following:
- Exercise/Physical Exertion
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- Consuming large amounts of hot coffee, tea, alcohol or spicy foods.
- Strong emotions, both positive and negative.
- Daily fluctuations in body temperature.
Hyperhydrosis can present in two main patterns of sweating:
Focal Hyperhydrosis, the most common form of the condition, is excessive sweating in localised areas of the body, such as the palms of the hands, feet and armpits. Depending on the severity of the condition these areas can remain constantly damp, which in turn leads to social embarrassment and even social phobia. These damp areas act as an ideal breeding environment for fungal and bacterial micro organisms to flourish and cause disease.
Generalised Hyperhydrosis results in sweating all over the body and is usually caused by an underlying medical condition such as fever, infection and hyperthyroidism. This condition tends to resolve with successful treatment of the underlying illness.
Various treatment modalities are available for Hyperhydrosis including the following:
Injectables can be used to effectively minimise sweating in focal areas, namely the armpits. The treatment consists of a series of superficial injections in the armpit. The effect is temporary relaxation of the sweat glands in the armpits resulting in a significant reduction in the amount of sweat secreted. This desired result lasts for approximately 6-8 months and further treatments are cumulative in that less of the injection is needed for subsequent treatments to achieve the same result.
- Avoid identified triggers. Each patient will have individual triggers.
- Keep your work environment and home surroundings cool and well ventilated.
- Minimise your daily stress where possible, using simple measures such as time management and allowing yourself time to relax and unwind each day.
- Wear clothes made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen and silk that allow your skin to breathe. New synthetic sports clothing that breathes helps to keep you cool whilst you work out.
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