What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which excessive sweating occurs, even during times when the body is cool or at rest. It has been estimated that as many as 3% percent of the adult population suffer from this physically and emotionally uncomfortable ailment. Very few of these sufferers seek medical attention or advice. This is thought to be due to lack of knowledge and understanding of their condition.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
The cause for hyperhidrosis is still unknown in the majority of cases; however, there may be a trend towards genetics. There are two main types of hyperhidrosis. The first is called primary or idiopathic hyperhidrosis. It can either affect the whole body, considered general, or focal, which are typically the hands, feet, and armpits. The second type is called secondary hyperhidrosis and is such when paired with another medical condition. This can also be focal or generalized.
Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
There are several treatments available, depending on the area and severity of the sweating.
Specialized or prescription antiperspirants are used to treat underarm sweating with increased amounts of aluminum chloride to block the sweat glands. Medications such as glycopyrrolate stop the stimulation of sweat glands.
A method for stopping excessive sweat around the hands and feet is iontophoresis, which works by sending electric pulses in the area. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy or ETS, a minimally invasive surgical treatment, is typically used for extreme cases of excessive sweating of many areas, but not armpit sweating.
For severe underarm sweating, Botox is a popular choice as it is fast and noninvasive. It may also be used for other areas, but speaking to a doctor certified in this particular area such as Dr. Goldfarb is highly recommended before taking on such a procedure.
Get Your Treatment Started Today
There are many options available to sufferers of hyperhidrosis. Anyone who feels they may have the condition or are interested in learning more should take the time to seek medical advice. There are several professionals available who are more than competent to handle the wide variety of hyperhidrosis cases such as Dr. Goldfarb from Center for Smart Lipo and can advise you on the most suitable procedure.
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