Hyperhidrosis is defined as a medical condition described by excessive sweating. It includes almost every part of the body – face, hands and palms, armpits and feet. It can be considered a social embarrassment because the person is likely to shy away because of this condition. Hyperhidrosis can be experienced in 4 major parts of the body and these are known as:
1. Palmer hyperhidrosis refers to the excessive sweating of the hands.
2. Facial hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating of the face.
3. Axillary hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating of the armpits.
4. Plantar hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating of the feet.
The causes of excessive sweating may be due to some imbalance in the body functions of the person. It may be due to some uncontrolled body functions within the body that have something to do with the voluntary nerves that help the body to feel the sensation of heat, touch and pain. It may also be due to the metabolic processes within the body that induce excessive sweating. The other factors that may cause excessive sweating are temperature, heat, stress and other emotions. Regardless of the causes, the problem of hyperhidrosis is considered to be a health problem because it can affect the social and emotional wellness of a person.
The treatment of hyperhidrosis can be done through some practical solutions. One can use over the counter drugs such as anti-perspirant which contain aluminum chloride to prevent excessive sweating. There are also prescribed oral medications like anticholinergics which also reduce sweating. To further avoid this problem, it would be good to avoid eating spicy and hot foods. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables as these can have cooling effects to your body system. Try to wear cotton clothes that are loose enough to make you comfortable. Use anti-perspirants to keep you dry and cool under your clothes.
There is a non-medical method to treat hyperhidrosis and this is called Iontophoresis. It makes use of a device where electric wires are attached to person’s hands and electric currents are made to pass through water to shock the sweat glands. It is done for about 10-20 minutes per session. It can last several weeks with a 2-3 sessions per week or until sweating is completely eliminated. This treatment is supervised by a doctor or by a trained health practitioner to ensure the proper use of the device.
For severe cases of hyperhidrosis, the medical procedure is the last option to choose. There is the sympathectomy surgery wherein the surgeon cuts a portion of the nerve that controls the sweat glands. However, not all doctors are receptive to this kind of treatment as they believe that more research should be done about the procedure.
Another more accepted medical procedure is through liposuction which has more beneficial effects to the person. This procedure is mostly geared towards getting rid of excessive sweating of the armpits and has been actually successful in doing so.