Sweating is essential for a human body, serving as the body’s coolant, protecting it from overheating. Normally, your sweat glands produce perspiration that’s carried to the skin’s surface when the air temperature rises, your nervous system automatically triggers your sweat glands.
But sometimes, people sweat excessively from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat. Though it is an essential and beneficial part of the body’s metabolism, we all are put off by sweating at some point or the other.
Various options used to deal with unwanted sweating are Antiperspirants ,which substantially reduce sweat expulsion through formation of temporary plugs within the sweat duct so that,with less of sweat, there is minimal bacterial activity to produce unpleasant odour and Deodorants ,that do not reduce or eliminate sweat production. They instead deal with smell through neutralising odour producing substances in sweat (by killing the bacteria) and by masking the odour, using fragrances.
In a small proportion of population, the sympathetic nervous system is disturbed; affecting the mechanism of perspiration, resulting in excessive / unbearable sweating called ‘HYPERHIDROSIS’. Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal (essential) hyperhidrosis.
With this type, the nerves responsible for signaling your sweat glands become overactive, even though they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature. With stress or nervousness, the problem becomes even worse. This type usually affects your palms and soles and sometimes your face. There is no medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis. It may have a hereditary component, because it sometimes runs in families.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excess sweating is due to a medical condition. It’s the less common type. It’s more likely to cause sweating all over your body. Based on information from International hyperhidrosis society, over 87% of these individuals say that OTC Antiperspirants do not provide sufficient relief.
Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, and complicates business and social interactions. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands. Hyperhidrosis can be a cause of discomfort. One might feel anxious or self-conscious.
The best treatment option for such cases is – Injectable botulinum toxin type A (Botox), that has been internationally approved for use in Axilla (Underarms)/palms/Soles, which works by reducing the unwanted signals from nerve endings to sweat glands, resulting in remarkable reduction in sweat glands activity. Since, these small areas of the body have a small contribution to overall sweating mechanism of the body, so controlling sweat from these areas has minimal health risks/adverse effects.
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