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Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating in the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, face, scalp, and/or torso.
Hyperhidrosis involves sweating in excess of the amount required normally for the body's level of activity and temperature.
In primary hyperhidrosis, the cause is unknown and excessive sweating is localized in the armpits, hands, face, and/or feet.
Primary hyperhidrosis begins during childhood or early adolescence, gets worse during puberty, and lasts a lifetime.Advertisement
In secondary hyperhidrosis, which is less common than primary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is caused by another medical condition and usually occurs over the entire body.
Medical conditions that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis include hyperthyroidism, menopause, obesity, psychiatric disorders, and diabetes.
Secondary hyperhidrosis may also be caused by use of certain medications.
Axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis occurs more frequently in females and in individuals of Asian or Jewish ancestry.
Hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet occurs 20 times more frequently in the Japanese.Advertisement
The exact cause of hyperhidrosis is as of 2004 unknown.
Genetics may also be a factor, since 25-40 percent of individuals with hyperhidrosis also have a family member with the condition.
In hyperhidrosis, sweating may be continuous or start suddenly.
Emotional stress, high room/environmental temperature, and digestion of certain foods can aggravate hyperhidrosis.
In palmar hyperhidrosis, the palms of the hands are excessively wet or moist and also cold to the touch.Advertisement
In axillary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating in the underarm area occurs, leaving large wet marks and staining clothes.
In scalp/facial hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of the face and scalp occurs, as well as moderate to severe facial blushing.
In plantar hyperhidrosis, the soles of the feet sweat excessively.
This condition is often associated with hyperhidrosis in other body areas.
This condition is rare alone and usually occurs with hyperhidrosis in other areas.Advertisement
Hyperhidrosis is diagnosed by physical examination.
For suspected secondary hyperhidrosis, laboratory and imaging tests may be performed to determine the underlying medical condition causing the hyperhidrosis.
Topical agents applied to the skin in the affected area are the first course of treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Iontophoresis, which involves the application of an electrical current across the skin, can be used to treat plantar and palmar hyperhidrosis but requires daily treatment for about 30 minutes, often multiple times daily.
As a last resort, surgery is used to treat palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis.Advertisement
In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) for treatment of axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis that resists treatment with topical drugs.
In the early 2000s researchers are also investigating the use of Botox to treat hyperhidrosis of the hands, feet, and face.
Although most studies of Botox for hyperhidrosis included adult patients, some physicians use Botox to treat hyperhidrosis in children with some success.
Even though Botox has only been approved to treat axillary hyperhidrosis, physicians can legally use Botox "off-label" to treat other affected areas of the body.
In 2004, guidelines were proposed by expert physicians for treating primary hyperhidrosis.
Topical treatments followed by Botox if the topical agent fails is recommended for treating axillary and facial hyperhidrosis.
For palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis, topical treatment and iontophoresis, followed by Botox are recommended.
Surgery is mentioned as an option only for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis and only as a last resort.
Although no evidence has documented an effective alternative treatment for hyperhidrosis, acupuncture, homeopathy, and/or herbal preparations are used by some individuals with hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening condition.
If left untreated, hyperhidrosis can result in physical, social, and occupational impairments.
Hyperhidrosis treatments help to prevent excessive sweating but may not entirely eliminate the condition.
Although no foods cause hyperhidrosis, certain foods and food ingredients can stimulate sweating and should be avoided.
Children and adolescents with hyperhidrosis suffer extreme social embarrassment related to their condition, and hyperhidrosis can result in low self-esteem, difficulties in school, and difficulties in and avoidance of social situations.
For example, children with palmar hyperhidrosis may have difficulties holding a pen to write, and adolescents may be reluctant to shake or hold hands with others.
Children with axillary hyperhidrosis may be made fun of for excessive body odor and sweat stains.
Joining a support group or participating in online hyperhidrosis chat groups may help individuals better manage their condition through peer support.
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Other possible consequences of frostbite include skin-color changes, nail deformation or loss, joint stiffness and pain, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and heightened sensitivity to cold.