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    Overview of Hyperhidrosis
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      Introduction

      Excessive sweating is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration. It is more than the excessive sweating that would be expected in the temperature of the environment. This condition is medically called as hyperhidrosis.

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      What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

      The exact cause of hyperhidrosis is uncertain. One theory is that hyperhidrosis results from an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Depending on the severity of the condition some patients experience a reduction in their quality of life. Others might feel a loss of control, because perspiration takes place independent of temperature and emotional state. Anxiety can also trigger hyperhirrosis. Other factors like food, drinks, nicotine, caffeine and smells may also lead to excessive sweating.

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      What Are the Types of Hyperhidrosis?


      Primary Hyperhidrosis: When your excessive sweating is not caused by any other medical condition or is not a side effect of any drugs that you may be under you are suffering from primary hyperhidrosis. You may also find that the condition is described as focal hyperhidrosis. In such cases the excessive sweating occurs on specific (or ‘focal’) parts of the body the most affected areas being the hands feet underarms and face.

      Secondary Hyperhidrosis: This type of excessive sweating also called generalized hyperhidrosis is caused by a usually unrelated medical condition such as menopause, thyroid, tumors, diabetes mellitus or mercury poising. Side effect of a particular drug can also cause secondary Hyperhidrosis. People suffering from secondary hyperhidrosis typically experience sweating on ‘generalized’ or larger parts of the body and they usually experience the excessive sweating even while at rest.

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      What Are the Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

      Excessive sweating of the hands, feet, axillae and the groin area are certain symptoms of Hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis is found to start during adolescence or even before and seems to be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.

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      What Are the Diagnosis & Tests for Hyperhidrosis?

      Based on your report of symptoms, your doctor does a visual inspection. And then conducts a deep interview with you on the symptoms. He/She may also want you to take any or all of the following tests.

      Blood and Urine Tests - Your doctor might ask you to go for a blood or urine test to rule out hyperthyroidism, diabetes, acromegaly and pheochromocytoma.

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      What Are the Treatments Available for Hyperhidrosis?

      Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is often effectively managed with proper medications. Injections of the botulinum toxin are used to disable the sweat glands. The effects can last from 4-9 months depending on the site of injections. Your doctor might also prescribe oral medications like anticholinergic drugs and beta-blockers that are effective in managing Hyperhidrosis. Surgery is prescribed in certain patients who don’t respond to medications.

      Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS): In this surgical procedure, select sympathetic nerves or nerve ganglia in the chest are either excised (cut out), burned, or clamped (theoretically allowing for the reversal of the procedure).

      Lumbar Sympathectomy: This is a relatively new surgical procedure aimed at those patients for whom endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy has not relieved excessive plantar (foot) sweating. With this procedure the sympathetic chain in the lumbar region is clipped or divided in order to relieve the severe or excessive foot sweating.

      Surgery (Sweat gland suction): In this procedure, approximately 30% of the sweat glands are removed with a proportionate reduction in sweat.

      Percutaneous Sympathectomy: A minimally invasive procedure in which the nerve is blocked by an injection of phenol.

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      How Do You Cope Up with Hyperhidrosis?

      You are not alone. Hyperhidrosis affects more than 2.8% of people in United States. Following are certain tips that would help your cope up with excessive sweating.
      • Wash soon after you sweat.
      • Take medications regularly.
      • Shave your armpit hairs where excessive sweating occurs.
      • Avoid synthetic socks.
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      What Are the Ways to Prevent Hyperhidrosis?

      Certain alterations in your diet might help you prevent Hyperhidrosis,
      • Avoid onion, garlic, spicy dishes and fish which are believed to affect the scent.
      • Avoid nicotine and caffeine. They are believed to increase the levels of perspiration.
      • Use cotton socks.
      • Regularly check your feet for dead skin or any fungal infections.
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      Medications for Hyperhidrosis Available at InternationalDrugMart.com

      We, at www.internationaldrugmart.com, supply a wide range of medicines to treat Hyperhidrosis, which you can buy online and make incredible savings!
      Prescription Medications for Hyperhidrosis at InternationalDrugMart.com
      Neurontin (Gabapentin)

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      Self Care – The Bottom Line to Lower Your Hyperhidrosis

      Here are few simple, Hyperhidrosis self-care tips that can reduce Hyperhidrosis breakouts and control future breakouts.
      • Wash the face and body.
      • Change clothes and bed sheets.
      • Drink plenty of water to replace lost body fluids.
      • Slightly lower room temperature to prevent more sweating.

       

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