What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterised by excessive sweating beyond what is necessary to regulate body temperature. This sweating can occur in specific areas of the body, such as the palms, soles of the feet, underarms, or face and head. Hyperhidrosis can be a socially embarrassing and uncomfortable condition, and in some cases can lead to skin irritation or infection. Various factors, including hormonal changes, neurological conditions, or certain medications, may cause it. Treatments for hyperhidrosis can range from antiperspirants and medication to surgery or other medical procedures.

Which parts of the body are affected by hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. It can affect different parts of the body, including:

1. Armpits

2. Palms of the hands

3. Soles of the feet

4. Face and forehead

5. Groin area.

It is more common in the armpits, palms, and soles of the feet. In some cases, hyperhidrosis may affect the entire body, which is known as generalised hyperhidrosis.

Does hyperhidrosis run in families?

Yes, hyperhidrosis can run in families. According to medical research, about 30-50% of people with hyperhidrosis have a family history of the condition. If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s hyperhidrosis, it’s best to consult a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.

How is hyperhidrosis diagnosed?

A medical professional can diagnose hyperhidrosis through a physical examination, review of medical history, and a discussion of symptoms. In some cases, a sweat test may be performed to measure the amount of sweat produced by the body. Additionally, blood tests or imaging may be used to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing excessive sweating. It is important to consult with a medical professional if you are experiencing excessive sweating or other symptoms.

What are the treatment options for hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating in certain parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, armpits, or face. The following are the common treatment options for hyperhidrosis:

1. Antiperspirants: Over-the-counter antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride can be effective in controlling sweating.

2. Medications: Anticholinergics, such as glycopyrrolate, can reduce sweating, but they may also cause side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and blurred vision.

3. Iontophoresis: This procedure involves using a medical device that uses electric currents to shut down the sweat glands in the affected area temporarily.

4. Botox injections: Botox can be injected into the affected area to block the nerves that control sweat production.

5. Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the sweat glands or alter the nerves that control sweating.

It is important to consult with a medical professional to determine the best course of treatment for your individual case.

Can hyperhidrosis be cured?

While there is no complete cure for hyperhidrosis, various treatment options can help manage the symptoms. Treatments may include antiperspirants, medications, iontophoresis, Botox injections, and surgery. It is best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable treatment for your specific case.

Does anxiety cause hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, medications, hormonal imbalances, and certain medical conditions. Anxiety can also contribute to hyperhidrosis, as anxiety and stress can cause the body to release more sweat. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the exact cause of your hyperhidrosis and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Does hyperhidrosis smell?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, does not have a naturally unpleasant smell. However, the accumulation of sweat and bacteria on the skin can create an unpleasant odour. This is particularly true in areas of the body that are prone to sweating, such as the armpits and feet. If you are concerned about odours associated with hyperhidrosis, maintaining good hygiene, using antiperspirants or deodorants, and wearing breathable clothing can help alleviate the problem. You can also consult with a doctor for more specific treatment options.

Is hyperhidrosis a disability UK?

Hyperhidrosis, which is a medical condition that causes excessive and unpredictable sweating, may be considered a disability under the UK Equality Act of 2010 if it has a significant impact on a person’s daily life and ability to carry out normal activities. This means that individuals with hyperhidrosis may be entitled to certain rights and protections under the law, such as reasonable adjustments in the workplace or public accommodations. However, each case must be considered individually based on the severity and impact of the condition on the individual’s daily life. It is always recommended to seek the advice of a healthcare professional or a legal expert for personalised guidance and support.

How do you get rid of hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis can be treated in several ways, including:

1. Antiperspirants: Over-the-counter antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can help reduce sweating.

2. Medications: Prescription medications such as anticholinergics, beta blockers, and antidepressants can reduce excessive sweating.

3. Iontophoresis: This treatment involves sending a low electrical current through water to the affected area. It can help reduce sweating in the palms and soles of the feet.

4. Botox injections: Botox injections can be used to reduce sweating in the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet.

5. Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to remove sweat glands or cut the nerves that control sweating.

It’s important to talk to a healthcare professional to determine the best treatment option for your specific case of hyperhidrosis.

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Marco Scarci

Highly respected consultant thoracic surgeon based in London. He is renowned for his expertise in keyhole surgery, particularly in the treatment of lung cancer and pneumothorax (collapsed lung). He also specialises in rib fractures, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chest wall deformities and emphysema.


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