Excessive Sweating
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Excessive Sweating

Sweating, a perfectly normal and healthy bodily function, helps to regulate our body temperature by releasing heat through our skin. However, some people experience constant hand sweating, even when they are not exposed to heat or physical activity. This condition is called hyperhidrosis, and it can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable.

If you have hyperhidrosis, you may sweat more than four times the normal amount. This excessive sweating can occur on your palms, soles of your feet, underarms, face, or even your whole body. Excessive hand sweating can happen during the day or at night, and it may be constant or sporadic.

Symptoms of excessive sweating

Some of the common symptoms of excessive sweating are as follows:

  • Persistent sweating that is not relieved by cooling down or changing clothes
  • Sweating that occurs even when the person is at rest or in a cool environment
  • Sweating that interferes with daily activities or causes discomfort
  • Sweating that results in skin irritation or infections
  • A strong, musty body odor that is caused by the accumulation of sweat on the skin

Causes of excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating. It can occur in both men and women and can be quite bothersome and uncomfortable. There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis - primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is not caused by any underlying medical condition and it can be partly hereditary. Secondary hyperhidrosis is said to be caused by an underlying medical condition such as an overactive thyroid gland, malaria, leukemia, tuberculosis, neurologic disease, acromegaly, fever of unknown cause, or menopause.

Consult your physician if you think you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis. He or she will likely perform a physical examination and take your medical history. If your doctor suspects that your sweating is due to an underlying medical condition, he or she may order some tests, such as a blood test or scan. There is no definitive test, but these tests can rule out other possible hand sweating causes.

What are the treatment options for excessive sweating?

If you are wondering how to stop hand sweating, you should read about this treatment option. 

Neuromodulator injection which is commercially referred to as Botox is a popular treatment for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the hands. The injections work by temporarily paralyzing the sweat glands, which reduces the amount of sweating. The injections can be done in a doctor's office and usually last for several months.  There are some side effects associated with the injections, such as temporary bruising or swelling, but these are typically minor and resolve on their own. The patient can typically return to normal activities immediately after the injections.

Botox injections are considered a safe and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis and can provide significant relief for patients who suffer from this condition. If you suffer from excessive hand sweating condition, talk to your doctor about whether Botox injections may be right for you.

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