Hyperhidrosis – what causes it and what can I do about it?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating, and whilst it does not pose a serious health risk it can be embarrassing and burdensome for the sufferer.
So what causes the condition and if it is having a negative impact on your life what can you do to alleviate the problem?
Hyperhidrosis is believed by many to be caused by a problem with the sympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for much of the body’s unconscious jobs such as passing urine from the kidneys to the bladder. It’s also responsible for producing sweat – a system designed to help the body regulate its temperature.
Hyperhidrosis occurs when the brain fails to properly communicate when and how to regulate the amount of sweat that the eccrine (sweat) glands produce, leading to over-production.
The problem with the sympathetic nervous system can be inherent and in 1 in 4 cases the problem appears to be genetic.
Other, or secondary, reasons are when there is a specific underlying cause. This can include the menopause, an over-active thyroid, drunkenness or being ‘high’ from drugs and certain medications.
Less common reasons can include side-effects of conditions such as HIV, tuberculosis, Parkinson’s disease and white blood cell cancers.
The good news however is that excessive sweating is treatable and if you suffer from it to the point that it detracts from the enjoyment of your everyday life then treatment for it ought to be considered.
Treatment will either be through anti-perspirants or Botox or a combination of both. A discussion with your doctor will help to inform which type of treatment to pursue.
Aurora Skin Clinics are a team of expert skin practitioners offering hyperhidrosis treatment, along with a range of other non-surgical skin treatments. For information or advice, contact us on 01844 318825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.