20 Mar Excessive Sweating
Sweating is considered good for health. It releases toxins from the body as many believe it causes the skin to breathe. However, excessive sweating is not liked by the patient who suffers from it. Hyperhidrosis is the term used to define excess sweating. It can happen from palms, soles, underarms and other body areas. Why it leads to social nuisance it that it makes social life difficult. Sweating and staining of underarms areas of shit may happen while going for an interview attending a meeting. A handshake with sweaty hands or writing an exam paper with sweat dissolving the link or you may sometimes have to wrap hands in a towel and then write a paper all sounds difficult and disturbing.
Firstly it’s important to realize that it’s a problem. Many parents don’t agree that youngsters, children face difficulty when suffering from this issue.
Medical evaluation to rule but thyroid disorders, anxiety, alcohol, abuse, obesity and other medical conditions which may trigger this problem.
Treatment involves medications like
- Aluminum chloride lotions which when applied to the concerned area may block the sweat ducts and reduce sweating.
- Botulinum toxin: it’s an FDA approved technique to reduce sweat from the concerned area. The medication is injected in the area; which reduces sweat secretion considerably. A start iodine test is done to demarcate the area.
- Iontophoresis: Another technique in which you immerse. The concerned area in a tray of water with a slow electric current flowing through it. This blocks the sweat secretion. Treatment may be done several times to get the desired results.
- Anticholinergic drugs: Oral Anti-cholinergic drugs stop the secretion of sweat glands but may have side effects like dryness of mouth, dry eyes, palpitations and blurring vision.
- Surgery: Local excision of the area to remove the sweat glands is done in non-responsive cases.
It is important to consult your doctor and plan your treatment as per your concerned area, social requirements and affordability.