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3 things to know about hyperhidrosis :
1. Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive sweating from the eccrine glands, which is about 4-5 times more than an average person sweating. This condition can harm the life of the individual at the professional, mental and social level. Physiologically, sweating is a normal phenomenon which occurs to regulate the body’s temperature. It is actually, a function of the sympathetic nervous system that causes the sweating. In hyperhidrosis, tremendous sweating occurs in hands, feet, scalp, face and armpits, making it annoying and irritable. This condition affects about 5% of the global population.
2. Hyperhidrosis has no known cause but can be associated with certain medical conditions. So, reasons can be group as :
a.Idiopathic (no known cause)
c.It can be related to certain medical underlying conditions and due to the intake of certain medications.
d.Specific conditions which can be associated with hyperhidrosis: Obesity, Stress disorders, chronic anxiety, hyperthyroidism and menopause.
3. There is no known cure for hyperhidrosis. Though topical creme and antiperspirant are there, treatments are available to manage such cases quite well. Some treatment options are :
a.Iontophoresis: It is a non-invasive procedure of delivering electric current to the affected body parts like hands, feet or armpit while that particular body part is submerged in water. Though this procedure is common, it has a limited success rate and requires frequent intervention.
b.Botox injections: This method is quite effective but again requires numerous injections and repeated sessions.
c.Sympathectomy: This is a minimal surgical procedure which is used to remove the sympathetic nerves that control the sweating of the affected parts. This procedure is the most effective one.
The cost-effectiveness of each of the procedures can be decided, depending upon the individual’s requirement and severity.
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