What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating in the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, face, scalp, and/or chest.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

Primary focal hyperhidrosis seems to stem from a minor malfunction in the nervous system and localized to specific body areas.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis could be due to an underlying health condition such as:-

  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Infectious diseases like tuberculosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Cancers like leukemia and lymphoma

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

  • While there is no cure for primary focal hyperhidrosis, there are ways to help control the symptoms. They include: Antiperspirants, Iontophoresis, Medications, Botox.
  • Surgery. One approach is to cut a nerve in the chest that triggers excessive sweating. Another is to surgically remove some of the sweat glands.


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