About Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a person sweats excessively, in an unpredictable way. High temperature or strenuous workouts may not be the only reasons that can cause hyperhidrosis. These people sweat a lot even in cool temperatures or when they are totally relaxed and resting. There are absolutely no triggers here. These people just have overactive sweat glands. This uncontrollable sweating might cause a lot of discomfort, both physically and emotionally.
Types of Hyperhidrosis:
Primary Hyperhidrosis or Focal Hyperhidrosis: This is a condition that runs in families. In this condition you will come across excessive sweating in your feet, hands and also armpits.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis: This condition is one where in the sweating may be either in one particular area or along the entire body. This could be because of various reasons including:
- Carcinoid syndrome
- Glucose control disorders
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Substances of abuse or certain medications
- Parkinson disease
- Spinal cord injury
Diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis:
Wetness is the only symptom of hyperhidrosis. If you find yourself sweating at any time anywhere you probably are suffering from hyperhidrosis. However, it is always better to consult your doctor and find out for sure. A few tests may be recommended by your doctor such as:
- The Starch-iodine test: In this test your doctor may apply an iodine solution to your sweaty area. Once it is dried the area would be sprinkled with starch. When you sweat excessively the area turns dark-blue because of the starch-iodine combination.
- The Paper test: A special type of paper would be placed on the affected area. Once it absorbs your sweat the paper will be weighed. If it is heavy it means that excessive sweat has been accumulated.
- A Few Blood tests: In case there are any other medical conditions such as thyroid, certain blood tests may be ordered.
Your doctor may even ask you a few questions pertaining to:
- The areas where you sweat
- The time at which you sweat
- Triggers if any
- Any other symptoms such as lack of appetite, fever, pounding heartbeat, cold or clammy hands or weight loss
Treatments for Hyperhidrosis:
Hyperhidrosis may be treated in many ways. While one treatment may work for one person it may not work for the others. Your doctor may be able to tell you which treatment seems right for you. The various types of treatments for hyperhidrosis include:
- Antiperspirants: Strong antiperspirants may control excessive sweating to some extent by plugging your sweat ducts. You can choose antiperspirants that contain about 10% to 20% of aluminum chloride hexahydrate if you have underarm sweating. Higher dosages of aluminum chloride may be applied to other affected areas before going to bed. Care needs to be taken as this may damage your clothing.
- Medications: Certain medications may be prescribed to prevent the stimulation of your sweat glands. These may be prescribed only in certain cases where there is sweating on the face. These may result in unwanted side effects and may not work for everyone.
- Iontophoresis: Electricity is used here to turn off your sweat glands. It works very well in cases of excessive sweating of hands and feet. First you are asked to place your hands and feet into water and then electricity is passed through the water very gently. Until you feel that light tingling sensation the electricity will keep increasing gradually. The entire treatment gets over within twenty minutes. However multiple sessions may be required to make sure the treatment is effective without any side effects.
- ETS or Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy: In severe cases of Hyperhidrosis, sympathectomy which is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure might be recommended. Here the nerve that stimulates sweating is cut off to turn off the signal to produce sweat. However, this may not work well in cases of people who sweat excessively in the armpits.
- Underarm surgery: In this the sweat glands of the armpits are surgically removed through procedures such as liposuction, excision, curettage or laser. Mostly local anesthesia is used for these procedures.
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The pricing of treatment for Hyperhidrosis depends on the treatment you go for. It also depends upon the severity your condition, the doctor that you choose, the location of the clinic, the number of treatments sessions you may need and so on. You can call us up and fix up an appointment to avail a free consultation with Dr.Rashmi. During this session she will evaluate your condition, suggest the right treatment, give you all the information that you need and estimate the exact amount that you may have to spend.
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