Hyperhidrosis - Excessive Sweating Treament
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating of the armpits and palms, and occasionally other parts of the body. About one person in 100 has a serious problem with excessive sweating in these areas. This usually starts in childhood or adolescence, and sometimes other family members have a similar problem. This kind of excess sweating is caused by a reflex reaction of the nervous system and is beyond voluntary control. This kind of excessive sweating is sometimes associated with stress or heat, but often there is no cause which can be identified.
There can be considerable emotional and social stigma attached to excessive sweating of the hands and armpits, and this can lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem. For example, those afflicted with excessive sweating often feel that -- when people see big sweat marks under their arms or feel their sweaty palms -- they may decide that the individual is nervous or insincere, even when that is not the case.
Social engagements and simple things like physical contact with other people may be avoided because of uncontrollable sweating. Patients afflicted with excessive sweating can routinely soak through clothing in a matter of minutes, and some patients have to use feminine sanitary pads in their armpits, shields, absorbent tissues and frequent changes of clothing to cope with the disorder. Shirts and jackets can be quickly stained and ruined, and dry cleaning and replacement of clothing is sometimes a substantial expense.
Do you suffer from excessive sweating? Over the past week ...
- Have you been embarrassed or self-conscious because of your sweating?
- How much has your sweating interfered with normal activities?
- How much has your sweating influenced the clothes you wear?
- How much has sweating affected any social or leisure activities?
- How much has sweating made it difficult for you to enjoy any sport?
- Has your sweating interfered with working?
- Has your sweating created problems with your partner, friends or family?
- How much has your sweating created sexual difficulties or interfered with intimacy?
Individuals troubled by excessive sweating often do not respond adequately to antiperspirants, and they may not respond to (or be willing to tolerate) systemic medications, electrical treatments on the areas of excessive sweating, permanent destruction of the nerves which control sweating, or surgery (in the armpits) to either scrape away the sweat glands or to cut out the areas of excessive sweating.