Hyperhidrosis refers to a medical condition wherein there is excessive sweating on the face, armpits, soles of the feet, scalp, palms and/or torso. It generally begins at puberty and develops gradually to other parts of the body. According to a medical report, about 7.8 million people in the US are suffering from Hyperhidrosis.



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Sweating is a common and natural phenomenon that occurs after an exertion or any intense physical activity. It could be brisk walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, basketball, football or any such activity which burns your calories. Hot environment or hot food can also make you sweat. All this is perfectly natural because sweating is a normal response triggered by the in-built thermostat system in our bodies that has been specially designed to cool itself after any exertion or exposure to hot environment.

However, when sweating becomes excessive and you notice unusual sweaty feats and palms or facial sweating for no apparent reason then this requires observation. If the symptoms or conditions persist over a period of time, then it is an abnormality which is most likely Hyperhidrosis. There is nothing to be alarmed about this medical condition as it has become a common occurrence throughout the world and which can be effectively treated by medicines or surgery in extreme cases. Here is an article that talks on excessive sweat treatment available

What are the types of Hyperhidrosis?

There are two main types of Hyperhidrosis. Axillary and Palmoplantar. Axillary Hyperhidrosis refers to a medical condition which is characterised by excessive sweating of the underarms where as Palmoplantar Hyperhidrosis refers to a medical condition which is characterised by the excessive sweating of the palms and soles.

Basically, Hyperhidrosis is either emotionally induced; generalized and localized. If emotions get the better of you for whatever reason then you can notice your palms, soles and the armpits getting sweaty. This is emotionally induced Hyperhidrosis. If your whole body is affected, then it is the generalized form of Hyperhidrosis. On the contrary, if your face, palms, groin, armpits and the breasts area are affected locally then it is the localized form of Hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis can develop in any age group, any race and can affect both sexes equally. Most cases begin during childhood or adolescence. If it develops during adolescence then the doctors typically investigate metabolic disorders, systemic illness and adverse reactions to medicines.

Social Challenges:

In a public place especially, any kind of sweating, be it facial sweating, palmer sweating and excessive sweating of any kind can be extremely annoying and irritating. In social situations, Children find it hard to reconcile with it in their schools and adolescents consider it as an embarrassment and an impediment in their colleges. The unpredictability of symptoms makes it even more difficult to live with. You can never be sure when the next bout of sweating will start. It can be slow, gradual or sudden. It can be due to certain foods, emotional stress, digestion, elevated room or any change in environmental temperature. It can also occur due to academic or examination anxieties.

Although, the medical condition of Hyperhidrosis is not life-threatening, it can undeniably, cause extreme levels of suffering and difficulties for children and adolescents which can impact their academic, psychological and emotional progress. The quality of life and comfort is severely disturbed in a social environment.

Parental concerns revolve around the social acceptance. They are worried about the lack of self-confidence and the low self-esteem which their children cultivate over a period of time due to their tendency to avoid interacting with people. In cases of Palmar Hyperhidrosis, adolescents may hesitate to shake hands with people because of sweaty palms and children may be bullied by others for unable to hold a pen or pencil. In cases of Axillary Hyperhidrosis, children have great difficulty in managing the sweat stains as well as the excessive body odour.

Hyperhidrosis forces people to change their clothes at frequent intervals and they also have problems with their shoes due to excess of moisture. If you don’t take care, then this can quickly lead to Tinea Pedis (athlete’s foot) and Contact Dermatitis. Excessive and abnormal sweat production can also impact the texture, colour and overall health of the skin which makes it all the more challenging and unbearable in social situations.


One of the primary reasons why Hyperhidrosis significantly interferes and causes extreme embarrassment in daily life is due to the fact that the hands as well as the feet are particularly affected in 60 percent of the cases where as the armpits are affected in about 30-40 percent of Hyperhidrosis cases.


What treatments are available for Hyperhidrosis?

Conventional Treatments:
One of the best ways to improve your quality of life is to seek early treatment. Many people simply ignore their sweaty feats, facial sweating and palmer sweating. They seldom discuss with their doctor.

In most of the cases, the doctor will make a physical examination to determine the condition of your health. If secondary Hyperhidrosis is suspected, then the doctor will recommend you to perform certain imaging and laboratory tests to ascertain the underlying medical conditions.

Depending upon your condition and as a first level of treatment, the doctor may suggest the application of commonly used topical agents like aluminium chloride solution, glutaraldehyde, anticholinergic drugs, tannic acid solutions and boric acid to the affected area.

Second level of treatment may require you to orally consume systemic drugs like anticholinergic drugs, tranquilizers or sedatives. In some cases, calcium channel blockers may be recommended. You will have to bear the unavoidable side-effects of these drugs like constipation, dry mouth, dry eyes and blurry vision.

If you have been diagnosed as a Plantar and Palmar Hyperhidrosis patient, then the doctor may treat you, multiple times daily for about 30 minutes with Iontophoresis which refers to the application of electric current across your skin.

Surgery is always the last resort when all other forms of treatment have been tried, tested and failed. In surgery, the surgeon first of all identifies the sweat glands and the portion of nerves which are causing the excessive sweat in your body and removes them using surgical procedures like open or minimally invasive technique. The surgeon may use Liposuction to remove the sweat glands in your underarm area.

Many physicians today are also using Botox by injecting into the affected area to treat Hyperhidrosis when all the other topical applications have failed. Botox injections are durable and generally last for many months.

Wendy from Norfolk, Virginia became a celebrity in US after her story was telecast by ABC Television Channel in their popular talk show ‘Good Morning America’. Since elementary school, Wendy had been battling the devastating effects of sweaty underarms, excessive sweaty hands and sweaty feet. The sweaty problem continued to torment her while she pursued her teaching career. Constant wetness was challenging and frustrating for her in daily life. Viewers watched Wendy’s struggle with excessive sweating on ‘Good Morning America’. They also watched Wendy receiving Botox injections and Iontophoresis treatment. She later went on record saying how the treatments improved her health and gave a new lease of life for her.

Alternative treatments:

You can try Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Herbal Remedies, Hypnosis and Yoga. These holistic sciences have been curing and healing patients for a long time. Unfortunately, they have been dismissed as quacks or gimmickry or placebo for want of evidence and documentary proof.

Yoga, Meditation and massage therapies can restore your inner balance and equilibrium making you healthy and normal. They can slowly yet steadily relax your mind which will eliminate stress and prevent the sweating bouts.

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