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Excessive Sweating and Its Remedies

by Dr. Suvash Sahu at 13.Feb.2017 on Dermatologists and Skin Care



This article focuses on the causes and management of excessive sweating localized to certain areas of body.

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Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is one of the common disorders of sweat glands. It can trouble to the extent that one feels professional embarrassment while shaking hands and the individual usually avoids touching, which can lead to social seclusion or other symptoms of social anxiety disorders. It can affect palms, soles, axillae and to a lesser extent it can involve the face and groin areas.

A physiological cause of diffuse sweating which occurs in hot and humid weather or with thermal stimulus or excessive physical exertion is considered as normal. But, if an individual is having sweating out of proportionate levels to normal individuals, then it does raise a concern.

Types of Hyperhidrosis:

Hyperhidrosis may be primary or secondary.

  1. In primary focal hyperhidrosis the cause is usually hereditary. The individual may have a family history of hyperhidrosis. The symptoms of this appear in childhood or around puberty and may persist for years. Sometimes spontaneous improvement occurs after the age of 35.
  2. While in secondary, the causes of focal hyperhidrosis are many like cerebral infarction or strokes, spinal cord injury, etc.

The severity of primary focal hyperhidrosis ranges from intermittent, slightly moist palms and soles to daily sweat drippage from hands and feet, requiring frequent use of towels.


It should be focused on the severity, distribution of involvement and must rule out other causes of hyperhidrosis.

  • Mild cases of axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis can be controlled by local application of aluminum chloride or topical and oral Glycopyrrolate.
  • Palmar hyperhidrosis can be controlled by iontophoresis or intradermal injection of Botulinum toxin type A which are appropriate for focal area and effective for two to eight months.
  • More severe cases of palmar hyperhidrosis not responding to topical or oral therapy may be treated with endoscopic thoracic sympathotomy.

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