How can we get rid of excess sweating?
excessive sweating -hyperhidrosis. polyhydrosis, sudorrhea, unrelated inappropriate to the circumstances, surroundings. temperature is mild. no anxiety. wiping hand palm before every handshake. it is a hassle. it is a sign of medical condition.
causes -minor malfunction in nervous system, hyperactivity, stroke, heart problems, blood vessel blocks, flu, swollen lymph nodes, menopause, excessive bleeding, weight loss, absence of menstruation, pregnancy, diabetes, infection, HIV, malaria, TB tuberculosis, cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, respiratory failure, low blood sugar, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems, hyperthyrodisis, overproduction of hormones by the butterfly shaped gland in the neck. gout, tumour, alcohol, spinal cord injury, mercury poisoning, parkinson disease, medication for dry mouth, psychiatric drugs, antidepressants, anticholinestreases for alzheimer's disease, palicarpine for glaucoma, propranolol for high blood pressure, substance abuse, shingles, family history, etc.
sometimes heat rash develop when sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration is trapped under the skin. red & highly itchy.
visit dr. dr will diagnose identify the causes. dr will ask lot of questions. pattern of sweating, at which parts of body, clothing changing frequency, etc.
test -thermoregulatory sweat test. a powder sensitive to moisture is applied on the skin, at room temperature. any change in color is noted. then patient is exposed to high heat, humidifiers, sweat chamber. in the sweat chamber, if more sweating in palm feet sole r noted.
treatment -antiperspirants, armpit shields, lontophoresis hands feet r dipped in water, a painless electric current is passed thru water, botulinum toxin injections botox, anticholinergic drugs, ETS endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, (ETS not for feet due to risk of permanent sexual dysfunction, -nerves that carry messages to sweat glands r cut).
complications if not treated -nail infection, warts, bacterial infection, heat rash, psychological impact, loneliness, etc.
avoid synthetic fibered cloths, socks, foot wear, etc. wear loose clothing.