Types of hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis can either:
- only affect certain parts of the body, most commonly the armpits, hands, feet or face; this is known as focal hyperhidrosis affect the entire body, known as generalised hyperhidrosis.
- Most cases of generalised hyperhidrosis have an underlying cause, such as:
it can be a side effect of taking medication it can be related to another condition, such as an overactive thyroid gland.
Solutions in the past have included everything from psychotherapy to heavy applications of antiperspirants. Psychotherapy usually did not help the medical condition, and proved to be a heavy burden. Antiperspirants caused similar hardship, and needed to be applied both regularly and liberally, making going through the average day quite a hassle. Drugs, such as psychotropic (sedative) and anticholinergic (Atropine, Robinul) medicines, presented risky and uncomfortable side effects, such as dry mouth, urinary problems and even increased risk of heat stroke.
Today, many treatment options have improved, and new approaches are being developed all the time. Most sufferers now find that, with perseverance, a treatment or combination of treatments can be found that will control their symptoms to an acceptable level and allow a better quality of life.