Hyperhidrosis

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What is hyperhidrosis?

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Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a fairly common problem. It usually affects the palms, feet, groin, and armpits. Some people also have an abnormal amount of sweating on the face. Excess moisture like sweat can cause bacteria or yeast to grow in these areas, leading to body odor.

Hyperhidrosis causes

Factors that can cause excessive sweating include anxiety, fever, heredity, certain foods or beverages, or certain medical conditions. For example, thyroid problems or low/high blood-sugar levels may cause heavy perspiration, usually over the entire body. If you have frequent sweating all over your body, you should see your physician to rule out a medical problem.

Home remedies for excessive sweating

Self-treatment methods for excessive sweating include using an antiperspirant - not just a deodorant. Apply the antiperspirant to dry skin. Try to use it before it's needed, even as early as the night before. Hypnosis, herbal and prescription products are also available to treat the problem.

For very severe cases of hyperhidrosis, surgery can reduce excessive palm and armpit sweating. Surgery is very effective, however, most people report an increase in sweating from their back, chest and thighs following this procedure.

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