Cure for Hyperhidrosis on the Horizon?

Book Review
July 5, 2012
Stop Sweating and Start Living - Mike Ramsey

I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.

I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.

My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.

I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.

- James Chambers

Hyperhidrosis is a medical term described for excessive sweating in the human body through various parts like hands feet axilla and face etc. It is estimated that around 1 to 3 percent of the total population of the world equally including men and women suffer from hyperhidrosis. The problem of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis generally starts in the adolescent age but children and youngsters also suffer from it which may have withdrawal effects and social phobias of the patient. General conception is that hyperhidrosis is associated with certain stressful or anxiety-filled situations but persons suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat excessively even in calm and normal conditions—it is more a medical problem than emotional but stress and anxiety do increase the problem!

While millions of people suffer from hyperhidrosis the problem remains somewhat hidden due to its embarrassing nature. Rarely talked about excessive sweating is often kept hidden from loved ones and even spouses. Individuals resort to prescription antiperspirants and even surgery to try to hide the condition. Hyperhidrosis must be understood before one can begin looking at remedies or treatments.

Two Types of Hyperhidrosis

There are basically two types of hyperhidrosis in a way it affects the functionality of the person and also due to its cause: primary hyperhidrosis is the condition of heavy sweating which is characterized by abnormally increased perspiration that is in excess of the amount required by the body. Secondary hyperhidrosis is a condition which is characterized by generalized excessive body sweating. The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is believed to be the sympathetic nervous system though there are some debatable points in that; but secondary hyperhidrosis is caused due to chronic infections hyperthyroidism autoimmune disorders malignancy the thyroid or pituitary gland diabetes mellitus tumors gout menopause and with the use of certain drugs.

The controversy regarding the definition of primary hyperhidrosis is due to the fact that during exercise and other heavy physical work almost all the persons sweat profusely—this is pretty much necessary to keep the temperature of the body in balance with the requirement. But it should be noticed that patients suffering from excessive perspiration experience excessive sweating even in the normal conditions and without any stimuli like stress anxiety emotional or psychological stress etc. However all this and some food items do increase the chances of sweating.

Location of excessive sweating

Excessive sweating can affect various parts of the body and sometimes in combination of two or more parts of the body. Face hands feet axilla and some parts of the body are generally affected by it. However there are some known parts that are affected more frequently by hyperhidrosis. Let us discuss them in detail:

Facial Sweating

Facial hyperhidrosis is a condition that is characterized by extreme facial blushing excessive facial sweating or the combination of both. This problem has direct effect on the social performance and interaction of the person. The term facial blushing is described as an abnormal response to a wide variety of emotional stimuli—the sympathetic nervous system in the patient responds in an abnormal manner and thus the problem is manifested. It is clear that the mechanism of sympathetic nervous system is involuntary but can be further enhanced by anxiety stress and psychological factors.

Facial blushing may occur independently or in combination with sweating of the hands face and scalp underarms or feet. Likewise facial sweating may occur singularly or with the facial blushing. Men and women suffer equally from this problem but women should avoid facial make-up or other materials which can exaggerate the situation more!

Palmar Hyperhidrosis

Palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating in hands is one of the most common conditions in patients suffering from hyperhidrosis. This condition clearly affects the working and social performance of the person. Handwork and even hand shaking become difficult for the patients suffering from palmar hyperhidrosis. Some chores that involve handling very tiny parts or tools are extremely difficult to perform with this problem. Palmar hyperhidrosis is involuntary and cannot be controlled consciously. This condition can be present singularly or with other areas also affected. Palmar hyperhidrosis is usually combined with plantar hyperhidrosis in around 40% of the people.

Plantar or Pedal Hyperhidrosis

Plantar or Pedal hyperhidrosis is the medical condition that is described with the excessive sweating in the feet of the person. Unlike sweating conditions that affect the hands and underarms of a person the sympathetic nerve fibers that stimulate plantar hyperhidrosis arise from both the thoracic and lumbar sympathetic nerve chains. Pedal or plantar hyperhidrosis is accompanied by palmar sweating or exists singularly.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Axillary hyperhidrosis is another type of excessive sweating which affect the armpits of the person and perhaps the most troublesome condition as it can stain and rot the clothes making a real trouble for the patient in social sector. Women suffer from it more as they have to constantly think about the rings and stains that swear can leave around their shoulders which can create real problems for them in outdoor activities. Axillary sweating like other types of perspiration may occur independently or in combination with sweating of the hands face scalp or feet.

Axillary hyperhidrosis apart from affecting the physical and psychological conditions of the person affect the cosmetic and aesthetic conditions of the person also. Patients suffering from axillary perspiration cannot wear light colors and certain types of fabrics such as nylon or silk. This can potentially reduce the choices for you and also increase the work that you would have to put while buying your clothes!

The sweating and odor associated with axillary hyperhidrosis is constant and resistant to all deodorants and there are many side effects of treatments that are performed to remove it. You should take proper care and consult with your physicians before opting for any surgical treatment or medication.

Other less frequently troubled areas

There are some other areas of hyperhidrosis that are usually less frequently affected but they can exaggerate the problem in combination to the usual areas of hyperhidrosis. Less frequent hyperhidrosis can affect the trunk or the thighs of the person which makes the condition worse for patients in social areas.

Lack of knowledge and misconceptions about hyperhidrosis

It is sometimes noticed that many persons suffer from this disease silently because they do not notice it as a medical problem and continue to live in a stressful atmosphere. Sometimes the case is reversed and individuals know too well about the conditions and their treatment: but it is sad to say that they eventually get no result and continue to suffer. It should be noted that there are many hyperhidrosis treatments available but they are not 100% fruitful. It is not necessary that you would get the cure as the condition is too much personal and cannot be treated properly with surgical treatments such as ETS surgery for hyperhidrosis.

Due to the improper definition of cause of hyperhidrosis the diagnosis and treatment of the problem lies in dark and often come with multiple side effects which are not less severe than the original problem.

Because hyperhidrosis is misunderstood many persons have to cut out their social activities and even hide their sweating from their closest friends or partners. This in turn heightens the problem and makes the lives of the persons more stressful. Children face double problems due to the remarks and taunts of the friends that they have to face in their daily activities because of hyperhidrosis. Due to the increased competition in corporate sector and working class patients find it difficult to cope with the demands of work that is needed and ultimately have to change the jobs or even quit! Proper care and guidance should be provided to children and before opting for treatment detailed consultation is necessary.

There are many foods that reduce sweating as well as home remedies that help as well.