Everyone sweats to regulate body temperature but people who have hyperhidrosis sweat profusely or when there is no reason to. Hyperhidrosis is a medical term for excessive sweating. Some medications and medical illnesses such as thyroid, diabetes or infection can cause hyperhidrosis. Even people who are overweight can sweat more easily than others. The good news is that most cases of excessive sweating are harmless.
For the minority of us (about 2% to 3% of the population) who suffer from hyperhidrosis, their sweet glands are active perpetually. They sweat even though they are not feeling hot.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating in the hands, underarms, face, and feet without any reason. Secondary hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating all over the body other than those areas mentioned in primary hyperhidrosis.
There are varying severities of hyperhidrosis, causing varying degrees of distress. For mild sufferers, it can be a social inconvenience, while in severe cases, it can even prevent people for functioning at work.
Traditional methods of treating hyperhidrosis include anti-perspirants, which can be uncomfortable or cause skin irritation, and iontophoresis, which requires weekly treatments, and do not work well for the underarms. Botox, injected into the skin, is an effective, long-lasting treatment alternative.
Know Your Problems
- Primary focal hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating affecting a part of the body, commonly the underarms, palms and feet.
- The problem can be effectively treated with Botox injections, with results lasting up to 9 months after a single treatment.