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Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

The following features are indicative of Hyperhidrosis:
  • excessive sweating
  • physical burden
  • deterioration of quality of life
  • increased sweating than normal for regulation of body's temperature
  • wetness

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Common Causes of Hyperhidrosis

The following are the most common causes of Hyperhidrosis:
  • genetic factors
  • family inheritance
  • diabetes
  • menopause hot flashes
  • thyroid problems
  • low blood sugar levels

Other Causes of Hyperhidrosis

The following are the less common causes of Hyperhidrosis:
  • heart attack
  • nervous system disorders

Risk Factors for Hyperhidrosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hyperhidrosis:
  • genetic factors
  • family inheritance
  • stress

Prevention of Hyperhidrosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hyperhidrosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • use antiperspirants
  • apply astringents
  • bath daily
  • choose shoes and socks made of natural materials
  • change socks often
  • try relaxation techniques

Occurrence of Hyperhidrosis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hyperhidrosis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Hyperhidrosis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 24-65 years

Common Gender

Hyperhidrosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hyperhidrosis:
  • Physical examination: To further evaluate the cause of condition
  • Blood test: To see if sweating is caused by another medical condition
  • Urine test: To see if sweating is caused by another medical condition, such as an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Iodine-starch test: To pinpoint the areas of sweating and estimate the severity of condition
  • Skin conductance test: To pinpoint the areas of sweating and estimate the severity of condition
  • Thermoregulatory sweat test: To pinpoint the areas of sweating and estimate the severity of condition

Doctor for Diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hyperhidrosis:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Hyperhidrosis if untreated

Yes, Hyperhidrosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hyperhidrosis is left untreated:
  • frequent skin infections
  • clammy or dripping hands
  • embarrassment
  • effect on work or educational goals

Procedures for Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

The following procedures are used to treat Hyperhidrosis:
  • Microwave therapy: To destroy sweat glands
  • Suction curettage: To remove the sweat glands
  • Nerve surgery (sympathectomy): To cut, burn or clamp the spinal nerves that control sweating in hands

Self-care for Hyperhidrosis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hyperhidrosis:
  • Use antiperspirant: Help with minor hyperhidrosis
  • Apply astringents: Help temporarily block the sweat pore
  • Bathe daily: Helps keep the number of bacteria on skin in check
  • Choose shoes and socks made of natural materials: Help prevent sweaty feet by allowing feet to breathe
  • Change socks often: Change socks or hose once or twice a day, drying feet thoroughly each time
  • Choose clothing to suit the activity: Wear natural fabrics that help skin to breathe
  • Try relaxation techniques: Help learn to control the stress that triggers sweating

Patient Support for Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

The following actions may help Hyperhidrosis patients:
  • Talk with a counselor: Helps making feel comfortable

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Hyperhidrosis.

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