Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is abnormal increased sweating where your body sweats more than it needs to.

Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

Symptoms:

  • Are generally worse in hot weather or when under emotional stress
  • Commonly affected areas include the palms of your hands, armpits, feet, face and neck

Complications of Hyperhidrosis

Social implications and self-confidence issues.

Causes of Hyperhidrosis

There is no known cause for primary hyperhidrosis. Generally it starts when you are child or teenager and it may last all your life.

Secondary hyperhidrosis causes sweating all over your body and is usually caused by a disease that affects your hormonal system such as diabetes or an overactive thyroid.

Risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Hyperthyroidism – Overactive thyroid
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinsons
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Most minor cases of Hyperhidrosis can be treated through strong antiperspirants, Botox injections, medications, losing weight (if obese) and Iontophoresis (passing an electric current through the skin to stop sweat glands from working).

In certain situations, you may need a surgery called a Thorascopic Sympathectomy.   This is where the nerves responsible for causing sweaty palms are cut using a thorascopic (keyhole surgery) technique.

Dr Williams will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of your different options with you during your appointment.

 

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