Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder all over the world. Although the primary state of hyperhidrosis disorder starts soon after puberty or during childhood, these disorders can develop at any age. Hyperhidrosis runs in the family but there’s not much known about the causes. Excess sweating may trigger the whole body. However, it commonly occurs the most in hands, feet, armpits, and the groin area. Don’t start panicking as it’s treatable and controllable. If you know the causes and emotion controlling techniques, I hope you will be able to get rid of your hyperhidrosis disorder.
Let’ check out details on hyperhidrosis disorder.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis
There are no clear reasons found for hyperhidrosis disorders to date. However, it’s thought that the underlying reason can be related to the part of the nervous system that controls the sweat secretion. Interestingly, there’s a certain type of hyperhidrosis (secondary hyperhidrosis) that comes with a cause. There can be various triggers to the secondary hyperhidrosis, for example, pregnancy or menopause, certain medications, lower sugar in the blood, anxiety, an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), and infection etc.
Is Hyperhidrosis Serious?
Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening disorder or a serious health issue. However, over-sweating, often times, can interfere with normal, regular activities and can be distressing as well as embarrassing. It may have a bad impact on your quality of life and can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Severe, chronic sweating can crack the skin, turn the skin white, wrinkled, and often, can cause the area to develop inflammation. Generalized sweating can be a sign of anxiety disorder, hormonal condition, or infection. If the condition is pretty bad, your hyperhidrosis will need medical care.
There are various treatment options available for patients with localized hyperhidrosis.
Prescription Antiperspirant – Your doctor may prescribe you an antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride. The product can also cause skin and eye irritation, so be sure to inform your doctor if you have any allergies. The medicine is applied to the affected skin once or twice a week before going to bed. After getting up, you should wash off the product. Be extra careful to ensure that nothing gets into your eyes. If your skin becomes irritated, you should switch to hydrocortisone creams for more help.
Prescription Creams – A prescription cream is generally used for hyperhidrosis that affects the sensitive parts like the face and the head.
Nerve-Blocking Medications – Some oral medications are effective in blocking certain nerves to communicate with each other. This can reduce sweating in some people. However, it can lead to unwanted side-effects like dry mouth, bladder problems, and blurred vision etc.
Antidepressants – Some medications for depression can also work well against hyperhidrosis. In addition, it can successfully decrease anxiety in patients. As we know, anxiety and stress can lead to extreme hyperhidrosis.
Botulinum Toxin Injections – Botulinum toxins (Myobloc, Botox, and others) works as a short-term blockage for the nerves that cause sweating. Before applying the medication, your skin will be iced or anesthetized. Each of the affected areas of your entire body needs several injections. The effect of the injection may last up to 6-12 months. After the time period, the treatment has to be repeated again. The treatment can be painful and some reports of having weaker muscle in the treated area.
2. Surgical and Other Procedures:
Microwave Therapy – Using this therapy, the radiation is used for destroying the sweat glands in the affected area. The treatment involves two sessions, 20-30 minutes each, three months apart. The possible side-effects include a change in the skin sensation and some discomfort. This therapy is not widely available and can be expensive.
Sweat Gland Removal – If there are the presence of excessive sweat glands in your armpit, it’s also possible to remove the sweat glands. A minimally invasive technique called suction curettage that can be successful. However, you should try out other available treatment beforehand.
Nerve Surgery (Sympathectomy) – In this method, the surgeon performs cutting, burning or clamping the spinal nerves responsible for sweating in your hands. In some case, the procedure can trigger excessive sweating in other parts of the body (compensatory sweating).
Iontophoresis – This procedure has been used to treat excessive sweating on the hands or feet and also the underarm. This is done with your hands or feet submerged in lukewarm tap water for 10-20 minutes while a mild electric current is passed through the water. This usually causes a tingling sensation but is not painful. Sweating usually improves after 5-10 sessions with 3 or 4 sessions per week. Talk to your doctor to know if this is right for you.
Generally, surgery isn’t an option for an isolated head and neck sweating. There is also a variation of the procedure that interrupts the nerve signals without causing the removal of the sympathetic nerve (sympathectomy).
3. Lifestyle and Home Remedies:
By maintaining a few things, you can improve your situation considerably.
Bathe Daily – Bathe regularly. It will reduce the number of bacteria on your skin. Don’t forget to dry yourself thoroughly, especially the areas between the toes and under your arms.
Drink Water – Drinking water regularly will help cool down your body temperature and alleviate some of your stress.
Clothes, Shoes, and Socks – Choose clothes, socks, and shoes that are made from natural materials such as cotton. Don’t forget to wash them regularly. This will help your skin to breathe freely.
Diet – If your meal contains a high amount of onions, garlic, coffee, and curry, it may be your triggers for hyperhidrosis. For a positive impact, you should add leafy greens and tea in your diet. Avoid foods that contain too much spice, caffeine, and alcohol.
Try Relaxation Techniques – There are various relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and biofeedback that can relax your mind. With a stronger mental buildup, you can easily control your stress and other mental conditions that trigger your hyperhidrosis.
And that’s it!
Sweating can become embarrassing. It may stain clothes and cause unwanted complications in different situations. Try out the aforementioned techniques to reduce your sweating. If your situation is intense, don’t forget to consult your doctor.
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