Hyperhidrosis is a common condition characterized by excessive sweating. It affects many people around the world.
What is Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis?
In this condition, the excessive sweating is the medical condition itself. It is not a side effect of a medication or other illness. “Focal” means the excessive sweating is confined to a specific part of the body. Hyperhidrosis involving the underarms is referred to as “axillary,” and the condition involving the hands and feet is referred to as “palmoplantar.” Excessive sweating of the face, scalp and head is referred to as “craniofacial.”
Primary focal hyperhidrosis tends to first develop in childhood or adolescence, and it tends to run in families. It may be a genetic condition, and some studies have linked it to specific genes. In most cases, the sweating episodes are symmetrical and affect both sides of the body. So, somebody with axillary hyperhidrosis will have excessive sweating in both underarms.
What is Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis?
This condition is excessive sweating caused by something else. It is either associated with another condition, or it is a side effect of a medication. The excessive sweating affects all or most of the body. Secondary hyperhidrosis usually starts in adulthood, and the patients sweat even when sleeping.
This condition has multiple causes, including pregnancy, menopause, alcohol and/or drug abuse and obesity. Diseases that can cause the condition include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease and gout. Medications that can cause it include certain treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and some anti-depressants. Propranolol, which is often used to treat high blood pressure, can also cause hyperhidrosis, as can a glaucoma treatment called pilocarpine.
How is Hyperhidrosis Treated?
The first step in treatment is diagnosing the type and finding its cause. If the patient has the secondary form, the underlying cause should be treated.
Patients with axillary hyperhidrosis may want to consider getting BOTOX® injections. The BOTOX® solution blocks a chemical that stimulates the sweat glands. The effects become apparent within just days after the treatment, and they can last for about four to six months, depending on the situation.
Learn More About BOTOX® for Excessive Sweating
BOTOX® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. You can be sure that it is safe, effective and reliable. To see if this injectable can help with your excessive underarm sweating, schedule a consultation at Laser Health Works in Barrie or Midland. Contact us today to book your appointment!