A medical condition that causes too much sweating, hyperhidrosis can interfere with a person’s daily activities. Sweating is necessary when there are messages from brain that the body temperature is high but at times there may be excessive perspiration that can drain energy and cause difficulty in performing daily activities.
Extreme physical activities, exercises and excessive amounts of certain hormones do cause sweating. However, if you have hyperhidrosis, sweat glands tend to overreact to stimuli and may also be generally overactive to produce more sweat than is necessary.
Excessive sweating from face, underarms, hands, palms or sweat literally dripping from body are the signs of hyperhidrosis. You may also notice the following symptoms:
- Visible beads of sweat on skin even when climatic conditions are not very adverse, or you are not exerting yourself.
- Difficulties in daily activities because of sweating – for instance problem in walking, difficulty in holding a pen, or working on computer.
- Skin turning soft, white and flaky in areas of excessive sweating
- Skin infections like jock itch and athletes foot.
Treatment of Excessive sweating
Medical treatment for hyperhidrosis involves the use of prescription medications and antiperspirants approved by your dermatologist. At times, surgical techniques are employed to remove some overactive sweat glands. Sympathectomy is a form of special surgery for treating the disorder.
Botulinum toxin or BOTOX® injections are now used to control excessive sweating especially from underarms and Skin Alive also has this procedure for treatment of hyperhidrosis. BOTOX® injections temporary block a chemical that stimulates the sweat glands in the body. You will notice results in four to five days after receiving the treatment. Reduced sweating lasts for four to six months and sometimes even longer. If the problem of excessive sweating returns, you can take another dosage of BOTOX®.
Surgical Approach as a last choice in difficult & Unresponsive cases.