Dermatology

Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating is clinically known as Hyperhidrosis. The uncontrolled symptoms occur with no warning and often without anxiety or stress. This condition can affect a person's confidence, especially in a social setting. The sweating usually occurs in the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and under-arms.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which natural perspiration is excessive. About 1-2% of the population is affected by this condition, and there are many suffering with less severe symptoms. Excessive sweating can be generalized or found in specific areas of the body, mainly the underarms, palms and the soles of the feet. This state can be a huge source of embarrassment for many people. This sweating can be independent of temperature or emotional state and generally is not associated with odour. Excessive sweating often starts during adolescence and can sometimes be a catalyst for anxiety.

Often times underarm sweating is treated with aluminum chloride deodorants (like dry sol), but they are known to cause irritation and are not very effective. Antidepressants can sometimes be used to decrease anxiety related with excessive sweating, but this does not fix the problem itself. Anticholinergic drugs, like Ditropan, can be used, but usually have other side effects such as dry mouth and blurred vision. Iontophoresis is a treatment used for excessive sweating but it requires daily to weekly sessions to be effective, which is not practical for most people as it is more time consuming.

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