General Illness Information
Medical Term: Hyperhidrosis
Excessive perspiration due to over activity of the sweat glands.
May be general or confined to the palms, soles, armpits, below the breasts or groin.
Often causes social embarrassment.
- Genetic factors;
- Fever and infection;
- Some drugs and medicines, such as narcotics;
- Withdrawal from addictive drugs;
- Unknown in some cases.
- Control anxiety;
- Keep cool.
Signs & Symptoms
- Heavy perspiration from underarm area, soles and palms and to a lesser degree, from other body parts;
- Unpleasant odor, which is caused by bacteria in sweat.
- Strenuous activity;
- Hot weather.
Diagnosis & Treatment
This is a clinical diagnosis.
- Treatment for underlying conditions;
- Psychotherapy or counseling, if stress is a major factor;
- Bathe frequently;
- Change clothes frequently;
- Wear loose-fitting clothes of natural fibers, such as cotton;
- Use underarm sweat shields;
- Use antiperspirants and deodorants;
- Use drying powders;
- Wear cotton socks;
- Wear leather shoes or sandals. Don’t use man-made materials;
- Shave underarm hair;
- Surgery to remove sweat glands or sever nerves to major sweat areas (rare).
- Treat with soap containing chlorhexidine. Apply aluminum chlorhydroxy complex after bathing;
- Localized hyperhidrosis – treat with nighttime applications of aluminum chloride in absolute ethyl alcohol. Cover with polyethylene films if possible. Wash applications away next morning.
No special diet. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, more in hot weather.
- Psychological distress caused by social embarrassment;
- Rashes from deodorants or antiperspirants.
Symptoms can be controlled with treatment.