Generally, sweating is normal for the body’s thermoregulation, and however, excessive sweating is not. Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating, which is not caused by exercise or heat, as Mayo Clinic defines. It is an abnormal condition as the sweating that occurs is more than that required for normal thermoregulation of the body. This condition usually begins in either childhood or adolescence and can affect any site of the body.
Types of Hyperhidrosis
Primary Hyperhidrosis is a form of Hyperhidrosis that is not associated with a preexisting condition or a side effect but expresses itself in an individual without a particular cause.
Focal Hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition and usually passes itself from the parents to the children. Mutations in the human genes may cause this condition, which may express itself with excess sweat production while being passed down from a parent to their child. The parts generally associated with focal Hyperhidrosis include hands, feet, head, and armpits.
Unlike Primary Hyperhidrosis, Secondary Hyperhidrosis is not idiopathic. It may be caused by a possible side effect or by the influence of an underlying condition.
Excessive Sweating at Night
Sleep Hyperhidrosis, which is more commonly known as night sweats, can be an extremely uncomfortable condition and may prevent someone from getting a peaceful night’s rest. This condition is characterized by profuse generalized sweating throughout the body at night. It may even require a change of clothes or bed sheets. Causes of night sweats other than Hyperhidrosis may include:
- Use of Certain Medications: Medications like anti-depressants, diabetic drugs, and hormone therapies can cause excessive sweating at night.
- Increased Body Temperature: An increased body temperature is usually associated with night sweats and mostly indicates an underlying disease.
- Obesity: A weight that is well above one’s ideal weight may cause increased sweating. Weight loss is one way to eliminate the excessive sweating one may experience in their everyday lives, especially at night.
How is Hyperhidrosis Diagnosed?
According to the American Academy of dermatology, health physicians can diagnose Hyperhidrosis with the appropriate physical examination. They may evaluate the body parts when excessive sweating is noticed and taken good history to find the cause of the sweating.
Common regions associated with Hyperhidrosis
Commonly affected parts of the body include:
- armpit region.
What are the Underlying Causes of Hyperhidrosis?
Medical conditions that can cause Hyperhidrosis include:
- Chronic use of alcohol,
- Diseases of the nervous system,
- Febrile illnesses such as tuberculosis,
- Diabetes mellitus, and
- Hyperhidrosis can also occur because of medications such as tricyclic anti-depressants
- serotonin reuptake inhibitors
- beta-blockers such as propranolol
Treatment Options for Excessive Sweating
Treatment options for Hyperhidrosis include topical agents applied to the affected areas, systemic medications, antiperspirants, Iontophoresis, and Botox.
Topical agents for hyperhidrosis therapy includes topical anticholinergics, boric acid, potassium permanganate, and 2-5% tannic acid solution.
These treatments have a short-lasting effect. 20% aluminum chloride hexahydrate is most commonly used as the first-line topical and available over the counter.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an anticholinergic agent, glycopyrronium tosylate topical cloth, in June 2018 for primary axillary Hyperhidrosis in children aged nine years and older and adults.
Systemic treatment includes anticholinergic medications such as:
- Propantheline bromide
However, because of the numerous side effects of anticholinergic drugs like mydriasis, blurry vision, dry mouth, dry eyes, constipation, and micturition difficulty – patients are more likely to avoid these medications.
Iontophoresis in Dermatology
Iontophoresis is a procedure that a dermatologist conducts. It involves the passage of direct electrical current to the skin to treat excessive sweating of the entire body.
Botox treatment uses Botulinum toxin injection to help block the nerve signals responsible for the production of sweat from the respective sweat glands. These anticholinergic effects of Botox provide immediate relief to the patient. They may not require re-treatment for at least six months.
Over-the-counter treatments for Hyperhidrosis include antiperspirant deodorants, which not only act to provide temporary relief from Hyperhidrosis but also help the user get rid of excess body odor.
Frequently Asked Question About Hyperhidrosis
How Effective is Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
Research has shown Botox to be a highly effective option for Hyperhidrosis. It is offered to treat sweaty palms symptoms in up to 90% of the cases and may reduce sweating on the forehead by 75%.
How Long Does Botox last?
The average time period for a successful Botox procedure for sweating can be 4 to 6 months. However, this may vary from person to person and the area of the body where the Botox was performed.
Are there any Side Effects of Botox?
Although the side effects of Botox are rare, it may cause itching, rashes, or temporary pain and swelling in rare cases.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment at INFINI COSMETIC ASSOCIATES
Hyperhidrosis treatment at INFINI Cosmetic Associates is performed by Dr. Hall, a highly trained cosmetic surgeon with years of experience. Dr. Hall has conducted numerous Botox Procedures to treat Hyperhidrosis of the hands, feet, and arms in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Since Botox is proven to be a highly effective treatment option for Hyperhidrosis, you can get rid of over sweating and boost your self-esteem in a single procedure by Dr. Hall at INFINI Cosmetic Associates.
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