Suffer from excessive sweating? Think it might be hyperhidrosis?
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What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive or constant sweating that can be embarrassing and hard to control. When it is primary hyperhidrosis, it means that no known physical cause can be found for the excessive sweating. It is not a disease, so the sweating can be a symptom for something else such as a nerve disorder.
Primary hyperhidrosis affects roughly one percent of the population and can be genetic.
Secondary hyperhidrosis has a recognized cause. This can be various things such as an over active thyroid gland, spinal cord injuries, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, some cancers, obesity or even menopause.
Where are you most likely to experience excessive sweating?
The condition most commonly affects the face, the palms, feet and the armpits. However, it can also affect the back of the thighs or even the whole body. Areas that produce sweat are often pink or white but in severe cases may appear cracked, scaly and soft. Other symptoms may include a bad odor caused by bacteria and yeast in the wet skin.
There may be no set pattern as to when the sweating will start or stop, especially in the case of primary hyperhidrosis. Because of this, sufferers may find themselves uncomfortable at inconvenient times and even throughout the day.
What are the common treatments available for hyperhidrosis?
Can hyperhidrosis be cured?
For secondary hyperhidrosis, sufferers it may be possible to treat or modify treatment relating to the underlying cause. However, primary hyperhidrosis treatments are limited and vary from person to person. Some people experience very positive results from the treatments available, while others are not so lucky. A lot can depend on the severity of an individual's case. It is a matter of trial and error to find what works best.
Is hyperdidrosis treatment covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies will cover treatments for hyperhidrosis, particularly surgical treatments. It is best to check with the medical practice providing the treatment and the insurance company you use.