What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the clinical term to describe constant excessive sweating. Many individuals around the world suffer from this bothersome condition. People with profuse hyperhidrosis often live in constant anxiety about their excessive perspiration and in severe cases it can cause difficulty in the work place, in personal relationships and it often results in negative feelings and lack of confidence.
While we are all familiar with that clammy, sweaty feeling on a hot summer’s day, primary hyperhidrosis causes the individual to sweat excessively and often at inappropriate times. The most common areas affected by this condition include under the arms, on the soles of feet, the palms of hands, the upper lips and between the legs in the groin area.
In some extreme cases, hyperhidrosis occurs in a localized area and an individual may suffer from heavy head sweating or hand sweating, while others experience more generalized sweating in all areas. The good news is that excessive perspiration no longer has to be begrudgingly endured as there are now a number of treatment options available to help stop it.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
In some cases, secondary hyperhidrosis is a symptom rather than a condition and is caused by an underlying condition such as an infection, chronic illness, anxiety disorders or a disorder that affects the hormones in the body, such as hyperthyroidism. In other cases, hyperhidrosis a medical condition on its own and it has little known cause.
While normal sweating is strictly controlled by the hypothalamus and hormones, it seems that in people with hyperhidrosis something goes wrong between the message the hypothalamus sends to the sweat nerves and the amount of sweat produced in the sweat glands.
Hyperhidrosis can usually be diagnosed with an examination, and self report of the condition. Paper tests and starch iodine tests can be used to measure the amount of perspiration and to determine the problem areas; however, these are often not necessary. You doctor may also want to run a few additional tests to determine if there is an underlying condition that is causing the excessive perspiration problems.
Help for Hyperhidrosis
There are a number of ways in which to treat excessive perspiration and it does not need to be a condition that continues to disrupt your life.
Conventional treatments of hyperhidrosis vary depending on the severity of the condition. The first and simplest treatment option is to use an effective antiperspirant rather than a standard deodorant. Anticholinergic drugs are also often used.
These work by drying bodily secretions, and tend to come with unwanted side-effects such as dry mouth, blurry vision, dizziness and cardiovascular concerns. Other treatments include iontophoresis (which involves using electric currents to reduce perspiration for a couple of weeks), botox injections and surgery.
Many people are now turning to natural remedies as a first step towards treating hyperhidrosis. There are a number of natural ingredients that can help reduce perspiration and treat some of the underlying causes. Nat mur. helps to reduce excessive perspiration and clamminess.
Lupulus as well as Castoreum and Argentum Nitricum help to address perspiration, especially when related to nervousness, panic, anxiety, or obsessive thoughts. Lastly the ingredient Syphilinum helps to control fluid levels in the body, while also helping to control body odor which commonly accompanies excessive perspiration.
More Information on Hyperhidrosis
Tips for how to cope with hyperhidrosis
- Wear loose fitting and light clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Cotton and linen are great, but avoid synthetic fabrics and silks whenever you can.
- Wear light colored clothing that will not absorb the heat.
- Maintain good personal hygiene to prevent body odor. This may mean showering 2-3 times a day with hot water and a good anti-bacterial soap.
- Keep a handkerchief on you at all times if facial perspiration or sweaty hands are a problem.
- Use antiperspirants, deodorants and talcum powders regularly and keep an extra bottle of these on you or at work so that you are never stuck without.
- Shave or was under your arms as the hair makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes body odor.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and replace lost fluids.
- Whenever possible, try walking barefoot or open shoes. This helps cool the entire body, and prevents perspiration from the feet.
- Make sure you eat a healthy balance diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Foods to avoid include spicy foods, and strong smelling foods such as garlic, onion and hot peppers.