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Hyperhidrosis: Causes and Treatments
Sweating is a natural phenomenon necessary for the regulation of an individual's body temperature. The secretion of sweat is mediated by a portion of our vegetative nervous system (the sympathetic nervous system). In some people, approximately 1% of the population, this system is working at a very high activity level, far higher than needed to keep a constant temperature. This condition is referred to as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, which may be caused by health conditions such as hormonal imbalance, overactive thyroid or sweat glands, can literally leave a person dripping in sweat. And it’s not restricted to one area it can affect the armpits, hands, feet and forehead, making life extremely unbearable for those who suffer from this condition.
Thankfully there are treatments for hyperhidrosis in the form of surgical procedures or prescription antiperspirants. For those who have a bit of extra cash there is also the option of Botulinum Toxin (Botox). Yes, the same Botox that leaves you with the never-ending “surprised” look and pouty lips! Injections into the affected area, particularly the armpits, can reduce or even stop sweating for 3-7 months as it blocks the chemical transmitter that causes sweating.
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