Excessive sweating from hands, head, feet, and other places is much more of a serious problem than you think. Many people with hyperhidrosis don’t even realize it’s an actual disorder. And even less seek help for it. The truth is, it’s an emotional, social, and treatable problem.
According to the clinical review "Recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of primary focal hyperhidrosis," hyperhidrosis is stimulated from both social stress and ambient temperature. The study also found that this is not a neuropsychiatric condition but rather, having a genetic basis.
The condition can adversely affect ones ability to perform at work, meet people, and even develop relationships. If someone isn’t sure if they have hyperhidrosis, consider these questions: Does your excessive sweating occur frequently, at least once a week? Does it impair your daily activities? Do you sweat excessively even if you are not hot?
There are treatments for hyperhidrosis. These can include the injection of botulinum toxin (botox), to the area of the body which experiences the excessive sweating. The botulinum toxin works by blocking the receptors for acetylcholine at presynaptic nerve endings.
Surgery is also another option for those with this condition. The center for Hyperhidrosis at Columbia University Medical Center states that not all patients with hyperhidrosis are the same, each surgery should be tailored to the patient, but overall they are pleased with the results of the surgery.
Over the past few years the surgery technique has improved and is less dangerous. So it is a viable option for those who want a long lasting treatment. Injection of Botox will wear off over time and re-injection is necessary. Considering the cost and risk factor is the best way to determine which treatment is best.