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Excessive Sweating|Hyperhidrosis

Excessive Sweating|Hyperhidrosis

Posted on 18. Aug, 2009 by in Botox, Cosmetic Treatments, Skin Care, Skin Conditions

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used for excessive sweating. It affects about 2-3% of the population. It is not only an inconvenience but has a significant impact on an individual’s life and function. Individuals suffering from this condition can have perfuse sweating from underarms, feet, forehead and hands.

Hyperhidrosis can be caused by several factors. One being focal which is created by over activity of the nervous system often associated with emotional stimuli like stress. There can also be other causes such as an injury to a part of the body causing another part to sweat more, neurological diseases, malignancies, medications, and/or a strong family history of this condition.

There is no cure for hyperhidrosis, but there are several treatments to help combat this condition. The most common treatment is aluminum chloride which is contained within antiperspirant. Doctors are able to prescribe higher than usual doses of this with topical products such as Drysol. Another treatment option for excessive perspiration is to inject Botox® into the location in order to paralyze the nerves that control the muscles that squeeze the sweat glands.

The most invasive option is surgical which consists of an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy or lumbar sympathectomy These surgeries block or remove the nerves that control sweating. Obviously any surgery has a higher risk of complications and should become the treatment of last resort.

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