Sweating is a normal physiological phenomenon in everyday life, but excessive sweating is a different story. This medical condition is hyperhidrosis.
Knowing more about Hyperhidrosis
Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than necessary. Sweating helps prevent us from overheating by cooling the body. The different thing is that a person with hyperhidrosis sweats more than a normal one even though the body does not need cooling.
People who have hyperhidros usally sweat from more than one area of the body including their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body is still dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
Everyday activities could easily lead to this excessive sweating. Hands can be so sweaty that it becomes difficult to hold a pen, a book, or even to drive. Underarms excessive sweating will soak through clothes, causing embarassing sweat marks. This abnormal condition could also lead to skin infections because the skin is often wet.
Which reason causes hyperhidrosis
There are two types of hyperhidrosis, primary and secondary hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis is an excessive sweating condition with no obvious cause.
Although it’s not clear why it develops, it’s thought to be related with part of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system. And it seems that the genes are related in this condition.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is defined whenever a cause of hyperhidrosis can be identified. There are many reasons could lead to this type of hyperhidrosis:
- The menopause– when a woman’s monthly periods stop,
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia), an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), obesity,
- Certain medications – consisting of some propranolol, pilocarpine, antidepressants, and bethanechol,
- Being drunk or “high” on drugs, or withdrawing from alcohol or drugs if you have become addicted to them,
- Some infections, such as tuberculosis and HIV, Parkinson’s disease,
- Disorders of the blood cells or bone marrow, such as Hodgkin lymphoma (a cancer of the white blood cells).
Secondary hyperhidrosis often starts more suddenly than primary hyperhidrosis and tends to affect the whole body.
If you are experiencing hyperhidrosis, seek for medical help to find the best solution to deal with your problem and improve your life.
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Review Date: February 14, 2017 | Last Modified: February 14, 2017
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