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Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition characterized by abnormally high and uncontrollable sweating. It can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and self-confidence. Understanding the causes, diagnostic methods, and available treatments can help individuals manage this condition effectively.

Causes of Excessive Sweating

  1. Primary Hyperhidrosis: This type of excessive sweating is not caused by an underlying medical condition and is often hereditary. It commonly affects the palms, soles, underarms, and face.
  1. Secondary Hyperhidrosis: This type of excessive sweating is caused by an underlying medical condition, such as hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, diabetes, menopause, or certain medications.

Diagnostic Methods

To diagnose excessive sweating, a healthcare professional may:

  1. Conduct a physical examination to assess the areas affected by excessive sweating.
  2. Review medical history and ask about symptoms, triggers, and any underlying medical conditions.
  3. Perform certain tests, such as the starch-iodine test or sweat test, to measure the amount of sweat produced.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Excessive Sweating

Antiperspirants

Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can help reduce excessive sweating.

Prescription Medications

Certain medications, such as anticholinergics or beta blockers, may be prescribed to help manage excessive sweating.

Botox Injections

Botox injections can temporarily block the nerves that stimulate sweat glands, providing relief from excessive sweating for several months.

Iontophoresis

This treatment involves using a low-level electrical current to temporarily block the sweat glands.

Microwave and thermal energy Treatment

Miradry is a permanent non-surgical treatment that destroys the sweat glands and effectively controls both sweat and odour.

Prescription-strength creams

Topical creams, such as glycopyrrolate, can be applied to reduce sweating in specific areas.

Surgical Treatments for Excessive Sweating

When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief, surgical options may be considered:

Sweat Gland Removal

This surgical procedure involves removing the sweat glands from the affected areas.

Endoscopic Sympathectomy

This surgical procedure involves cutting or clamping the sympathetic nerves responsible for stimulating sweat glands.

Conclusion

Excessive sweating can be a challenging condition to manage, but there are various treatment options available. Non-surgical treatments like antiperspirants, medications, Botox injections, iontophoresis, and prescription-strength creams can provide relief for many individuals. In more severe cases, surgical options like sweat gland removal or sympathectomy may be considered. Consulting with a healthcare professional will help determine the underlying cause of excessive sweating and develop an individualized treatment plan to manage the condition effectively.

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