Sweating is normally considered good because it clears off the body’s toxins just as another means of excretion. It is common to sweat when feeling hot, nervous or under stress or when indulging in any physical activity which burns up your energy and hence heats up the body because that is how the brain and sweat glands have been wired to do.
The problem however is when people start sweating without any of the aforementioned stimuli. Some of our clients have reported how they sweat even in ac or just randomly anytime, even while taking a bath! Such a situation is characteristic of Hyperhidrosis.
- What Is Hyperhidrosis?
- Primary or Focal Hyperhidrosis
- Secondary or generalized Hyperhidrosis
- Excessive Sweating Treatment at Kosmoderma
Hyperhidrosis is the systemic issue where the sweat glands remain activated with or without the reception of any signal. There are two types of hyperhidrosis
People with primary hyperhidrosis generally sweat from eccrine sweat glands which make the majority of 2-4 million sweat glands in the body. These glands are majorly found on the feet, palms, face and armpits and hence people with the primary hyperhidrosis condition will sweat more in these regions.
Secondary sweating is different from the primary one as this sweating isn’t localized to a few body areas. Instead it tends to happen on any body part. In many cases it has been observed that secondary sweating is usually substance induced i.e. some medication that the person has been taking causes the random sweat bouts. In other cases, it is some or the other medical condition. Some of these conditions causing generalized hyperhidrosis are:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
At Kosmoderma, the treatment starts with first understanding the person’s concern. The dermatologist asks a series of questions to understand the possibility of any medical condition.
Post this, in case your causative condition isn’t clear, you might be suggested to get some tests done so that the diagnosis can be validated.
Once that is done, based on the diagnosis, the dermatologist will then suggest a treatment schedule for you. The treatments suggested will most likely be one of the following or a combination of them.
These are best advised to those whose excessive sweating hasn’t achieved alarming proportions and is being caused by a temporary stimulus. Anti-perspirants work by creating sweat plug to temporarily minimise perspiration.
However, they aren’t a long term solution.
The most effective non-surgical procedure available. Botulinum toxins if injected in the right amount and at the right place help in almost curbing the issue for a really long duration. In some cases however, booster doses may be required.
Recommended only for extreme cases where the patient does not respond to Botulinum toxins too. In this procedure known as Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS), the surgeon makes an incision on the nerve of the sweat glands. This procedure is very effective but almost all cases face the side effect of compensatory sweating where the body stops sweating at the designated place but to compensate for it, starts sweating at another location.