Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for the increased production of sweat, generally localized to the upper extremities, underarms, groin, face and feet in excess to that required for regulation of body temperature.
These are the main areas affected due to the high concentration of sweat glands, however any part of the body may be affected. This condition is often embarrassing for patients causing physical discomfort, social awkwardness and can inhibit many daily functions such as using a smartphone, typing on keyboards, holding a steering wheel, shaking hands etc.
What are the causes of Hyperhidrosis?
Whilst the cause of hyperhidrosis remains relatively unknown, it is estimated that it affects about 3% of the general population affecting both men and women equally. The condition often commences in childhood or puberty and persists into adulthood until treated. There are a number of things that can cause hyperhidrosis, including medications, febrile illnesses, congestive heart failure and neurological disorders. There are also a number of underlying conditions have been associated with hyperhidrosis and consultation with your GP should be sought if you think you suffer from it.
There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for hyperhidrosis. Conservative treatment with antiperspirants, medications or electrical water baths (Iontophoresis) is often used for management of the disease, however occasionally minimally invasive surgical procedures can alleviate the issue especially in hands, armpit region, face and hair.
Whilst surgical treatment outcomes are not guaranteed, it is estimated that they carry a 98% success rate requiring no ongoing medications or treatment. If you would like to learn more about surgical options that may work for you, make an appointment to see us today.