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Health corner: excessive sweating is a medical condition

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Helen Hoart

 It’s summer and for many of us we’re suffering through a heat wave right now.  That means when we’re out we’re perspiring a whole lot more than we usually do.  In fact I came home from walking the dog this afternoon, and I was drenched in sweat.  I also looked at my dog and he was panting.  He went to get some water when we got back home and so did I.

Why do we sweat?  Well it’s a good thing that we do.  It’s our body’s way of cooling us down.  Our sweat glands are stimulated when our body gets hot.  This prompts them to release a watery substance on our skin.  This is what helps us to cool off.  So it’s normal to sweat after vigorous exercise or when it’s very hot.  It’s even normal to sweat in response to situations that make people nervous, angry, embarrassed, or afraid.

But for some people sweating is excessive and can be a serious problem.  This condition is called Hyperhidrosis and occurs without the usual triggers most of us experience.  Plus it can have serious implications for how people live their lives. The signs that someone is suffering from Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that affects the hands, feet, and armpits. This is called primary or focal Hyperhidrosis and it affects 2- 3% of the population.  Unfortunately, fewer than 40% of patients with this condition seek medical advice.

Thankfully, there are now treatments, including Botox and sweat gland liposuction available to help Hyperhidrosis suffers.  One of the newest treatments is sweat gland liposuction but for best sweat gland liposuction advice consult a doctor or go to a clinic that specializes in this procedure.

If you know someone who suffers from this condition, let them know there is help and they don’t have to continue to suffer.

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