Monday, May 7, 2012

Hyperhidrosis, Excessive Sweating Disease

Hyperhidrosis, Excessive Sweating Disease. When I was still young, I have a friend who is always both palms were sweating. Therefore, wherever he is, and wherever he went, his hand was always bandaged with a handkerchief or small towel. Without this handkerchief, he will not be able to write. Because, his palms will sweat profusely dripping from his hands and release the ink on the pad. This friend was well respected, because the bigger-boned than average and a small towel in his hand turns are similar to boxing gloves. Thus, we do not dare tease him, fear of getting a punch from him.


Now, I already know the name of this disorder; hyperhidrosis. This conditions of abundant sweating (excessive sweating) are common on the hands, feet, and underarms. The cause is hereditary (run in the family) and impinge on the 2–3 percent of the population. All normal human would sweat in hot weather, after doing a physical activity/exercise, and at the time of "emotion" (anger, fear, anxiety, or shame). However, people with hyperhidrosis was still sweating, despite the cold weather and he did not do any activity. This condition is called as primary hyperhidrosis. There is also a condition called secondary hyperhidrosis, which is an excessive sweating is caused by certain diseases.


Diseases that cause hyperhidrosis include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism (a disease "goiter"), tuberculosis, pheochromocytoma, menopause, Parkinson's disease, gout (pain "uric acid"), stroke, and others. Of course, this condition is more serious than primary hyperhidrosis.

To explore the cause of "a lot of sweat", the doctor will ask if the condition is accompanied by weight loss (in diabetes and hyperthyroidism), heart pounding like (the heart), night sweats (in tuberculosis), loss of appetite, and other.

Primary hyperhidrosis (not due to certain diseases) can be addressed according to severity. Light can be treated using anti-perspirant (anti-sweat) which shall be affixed on the body sweats. This anti-perspirant containing aluminum chloride channel that works by inhibiting perspiration (sweat duct). Aluminum chloride in high doses can cause stains on fabrics that can not be eliminated. Another way is by giving anticholinergic drug which works by preventing the stimulation of sweat glands (for example trademark Ditropan, Robinul). Drug side effects are dry mouth, feeling of floating (dizziness) and urinary disorders.

Other treatments, especially for sweaty hands and feet is iontophoresis.This is a way to provide power in the hands and feet are dipped in the water. Low-power electric current is given for 10-20 minutes in order to close the channel sweat. Iontophoresis action required about 6-10 sessions, in order to obtain optimal results. Then, there are ways to perform botox injections, especially for hyperhidrosis in the armpits. Botox is injected in the region will sweat a lot, with the results obtained are satisfactory and can last up to nine months. Treatment with Botox is now received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Agency (Food and Drug Administration)
Way of handling the more lasting is the surgery called Endoscopic Thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). Minor surgery is done by cutting the sympathetic nerves in the spinal bones in the chest (thorax). This is the sympathetic nervous control of sweating mechanism, so that the ETS will stop sweating on the palms and the face permanently. The success rate to stop the sweat on your palms around 85–95 percent.

Hyperhidrosis that seems trivial actually provides many obstacles, both psychologically, socially, and professionally. Sufferers will lose confidence in social interaction, such as shaking hands at the time. He also would have difficulty operating and holding certain tools such as knives or play a musical instrument. Also wearing shoes becomes worse. Therefore, the sweaty feet will slip inside the moccasin.

People with hyperhidrosis also have to maintain themselves with a lot of drinking. Because, hyperhydrosis this will result in dehydration / loss of body fluids.

Hopefully this simple article is beneficial to everyone, especially those who suffer from hyperhidrosis.

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