Will Hyperhidrosis ever go away?
Hyperhidrosis excessive sweating, causes and treatments, Kent
Hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating, is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a medical condition characterised by excessive sweating, which can occur even when a person is not engaging in physical activity or experiencing high temperatures. This condition can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and can negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Below, we will explore what causes hyperhidrosis and how to manage it effectively.
Causes of Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis occurs when the sweat glands produce more sweat than the body needs to regulate its temperature. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary.
Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common form of hyperhidrosis and is not caused by an underlying medical condition. The exact cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown, but it is believed to be genetic. It typically affects the hands, feet, underarms, and face.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, menopause, or anxiety disorders. It can also be a side effect of certain medications or drug use.
Will it ever go away on its own?
It depends on the type of hyperhidrosis you have. Primary hyperhidrosis, which is not caused by an underlying medical condition, is a chronic condition that typically does not go away on its own. However, the symptoms of primary hyperhidrosis can be managed with treatments such as antiperspirants, medications, Botox injections, and surgery.
Secondary hyperhidrosis, which is caused by an underlying medical condition, may improve, or resolve once the underlying condition is treated. For example, if hyperhidrosis is caused by diabetes or thyroid problems, treating these conditions may help reduce excessive sweating.
In general, it is important to seek medical treatment for hyperhidrosis, as it can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Even if the condition does not go away on its own, there are effective treatments available that can help manage the symptoms and improve a person’s comfort and confidence.
How to manage hyperhidrosis effectively
Hyperhidrosis is caused by an over-stimulation of sweat glands. We have between two and four million sweat glands in our bodies, which are activated by our sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. Botox temporarily inhibits the release of acetylcholine, the chemical messenger that our nerve cells release to activate the sweat glands. Therefore, by blocking this chemical pathway, Botox temporarily stops sweating in the area where it has been injected.
It can be used to treat various areas of the body including the armpits, palms, soles, forehead and scalp. Some areas are more responsive than others, and others may be more painful. However, topical numbing creams can be used to minimise discomfort.
What else can help?
Antiperspirants are the first-line treatment for hyperhidrosis. They work by blocking the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat that is produced. Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride are the most effective.
Prescription medications can be used to reduce excessive sweating. Anticholinergic drugs such as glycopyrrolate or oxybutynin can help reduce sweating, but they can have side effects such as dry mouth and constipation.
Iontophoresis is a non-invasive treatment that involves using a device to deliver a low-level electrical current through water to the skin. This treatment can be used to treat excessive sweating on the hands and feet.
In severe cases of hyperhidrosis, surgery may be an option. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is a surgical procedure that involves cutting or clamping the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. This procedure can have side effects such as compensatory sweating, and it is usually reserved for severe cases.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.