Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats profusely, occasionally even when there’s no reason to. The condition can be a major cause of embarrassment; staining clothes, complicating social interactions, and damaging self-esteem. The condition may also lead to harmful practical consequences, making it difficult for you to get a solid grip on items such as a steering wheel, exercise equipment, or a walking cane for example.
Excessive sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas. Commonly affected areas include:
Palms of your hands
Soles of your feet
Face and chest
Symptoms may include:
Clammy or wet palms of the hands
Clammy or wet soles of the feet
Noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing
Types and Causes of Hyperhidrosis
Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis
Sweating mainly occurs on your feet, hands, face, head, and underarms. It usually starts in childhood. About 30 to 50% of people with this type have a family history of excessive sweating.
Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis
Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is sweating caused by a medical condition or as a side effect of certain medications. It generally starts in adulthood. With this type, you might sweat all over your body, or in just one area. You might also sweat while you are sleeping.
Causes of Secondary Hyperhidrosis
• Spinal cord injury
• Alcohol abuse
• Heart disease
• Hyperthyroidism – an overactive thyroid gland
Botox works by stopping the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate. Results can last for almost a year.
Surgery is used in extreme cases only and may result in minimal scarring. In this procedure, a physician cuts the nerves that normally activate the sweat glands.
Try changing the type of antiperspirant you use
Note the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant
Avoid spicy food
Shower frequently and use an antibacterial soap to combat odor
Avoid wearing heavy clothes
Try to wear several layers to hide sweat stains
Work with a therapist if you are experiencing anxiety