This is a medical condition in which the patient sweats excessively and unpredictably, significantly, even when the temperature is cool or when at rest. Caused by over activity of the nervous system, sweating occurs in the hands or armpit and feet. Interestingly, in 40% of Hyperhidrosis patients, other members of the family also suffer from this disorder. The excessive sweating is usually intermittent, and it can also be continuous and usually increases with stress and elevated temperature.
Hyperhidrosis may lead to narrowing of arteries and excessive stimulation of sweat glands and less blood flow to the hands. This makes the person’s hands cold and clammy. The primary symptom of Hyperhidrosis is wetness. Treatments include, administering antiperspirants, medications like anticholinergics drugs, beta blockers – which may cause side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness, and problems with urination.
Iontophoresis is another FDA approved procedure, which uses electricity to temporarily turn off the sweat gland. Botox is another FDA approved treatment for severe underarm sweating, but this treatment can cause temporary weakness and intense pain. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure and it may be recommended when other treatments fail.
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