Perspiration is the body’s way of regulating the temperature in cases of extreme heat. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the perspiration is excessive and when temperature regulation triggers do not exist.
Hyperhidrosis most often affects the:
Soles of the feet
Hyperhidrosis can cause nuisances such as the need to change clothing, but can also have a devastating effect in social or business situations where it is negatively perceived by others.
The triggers of hyperhidrosis have not been precisely determined. However, it is believed that the condition is both inherited, known as primary hyperhidrosis, and acquired, known as secondary hyperhidrosis. The exact reason for developing secondary hyperhidrosis is unknown, but scientists have some evidence connected to changes in the pituitary gland and the thyroid. Other connections have been made with:
Allergic reaction to medications
Stressful situations can trigger the condition.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of hyperhidrosis include:
Abnormal amounts of sweating
Excessive sweating when conditions for sweating do not exist
Night sweats in normal health
Who gets it?
Chances of developing secondary hyperhidrosis (not inherited) rise in people who:
Are allergic to certain medications
Are in menopause
Suffer from low blood sugar
Develop an overactive thyroid gland
Have some forms of cancer
Have suffered a heart attack
Treatment options for hyperhidrosis include:
Surgery on certain sweat glands or nerves
Iontophoresis (electrical current therapy)
miraDry® (electromagnetic therapy)