What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the name given to the condition of excessive sweating or overactive sweat glands.
What causes Hyperhidrosis?
This condition can be genetically passed along or may be due to acquired causes. Some acquired causes may be due to thyroid or pituitary gland dysfunction, certain foods, and emotional states such as anxiety.
What parts of the body does Hyperhidrosis affect?
It most commonly affects the hands, armpits, and feet, although any area with sweat glands can be affected.
What treatments exist for Hyperhidrosis?
Several medical and surgical treatments exist. Stronger antiperspirants containing aluminum can be tried, but these may cause irritation in some patients. Botox is also frequently used and results may last up to nine months. Ditropan and Robinul are two other drugs that your dermatologist may discuss with you. The surgical interventions involve cutting or clamping the nerves along the spine that are responsible for activating the sweat glands. This is a last-ditch effort and has some serious side-effects.