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- Feb 09 2017
What is the cause of Hyperhidrosis?
What is Hyperhidrosis?
It is defined as abnormally excessive sweating which is not related to heat or exercise. The person may sweat that much that it soaks through their clothes or drips off their hands.
Sweating is body’s mechanism to cool itself. Our nervous system automatically triggers our sweat glands when our body temperature rises.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis: In this, the nerves responsible for signaling sweat glands become overactive, even though they have not been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis: It occurs when excessive sweating is due to a medical condition. It causes sweating all over the body. Conditions that may lead to heavy sweating include:
- Menopause hot flashes
- Thyroid problems
- Low blood sugar
- Some types of cancer
- Heart attack
- Nervous system disorders
Hyperhidrosis usually affects the hands, feet, underarms or face causes at least one episode a week, during waking hours. Sweating usually occurs on both sides of the body.
Blood test, urine test, and other test are done to check if sweating is caused by any other medical condition, such as an overactive thyroid or low blood sugar.
Iodine-starch test, skin conductance, and a thermoregulatory sweat test are done to check areas of sweating and estimate the severity of the condition.
Drugs, creams, antidepressants, injections are given to treat hyperhidrosis. Its treatment depends on its type, whether it is primary or secondary.
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