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Common Symptoms for Local Hyperhidrosis

  • Clammy or wet Palms or Feet
  • Frequent sweating for no apparent reason
  • Excessive sweating to the point of dripping

Clammy or wet palms or feet
Clammyness (Dampness) is not a reason or justification to perform an operation. As you will find through reading this website clammyness is associated with hyperhidrosis just from the mere fact evaporation of sweat can cause cooler temperature of the extremities but again clammyness alone without wetness is not a reason for surgical intervention.

Frequent sweating for no apparent reason
Since sweat is controlled by a non voluntary part of our nervous system we cannot tell our bodies when to stop it or when to start it. We cannot control it. Patients describe situations when the mere thought of an approaching person or social situations can trigger massive sweat to the point of embarrassment.

Excessive sweating to the point of dripping
Wetness on the hands or feet can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. On one end of spectrum you can see a shiny glistening layer of sweat and on the more severe end of the spectrum there can be the appearance of sweat droplets and sometimes dripping of sweat onto the floor.

In all of these stages it can affect individuals both socially and functionally.

Understanding the difference between general and local hyperhidrosis

Generalized Hyperhidrosis – Body Sweating:
In certain illnesses such as infections, endocrine disorders, cancer and aging processes the body can react with full body sweating. In this particular clinical presentation a search for the underlying cause is needed in order to help with this generalized total body sweating. Generally speaking for this type of total body sweating the treatment usually is a medical and not surgical.

Local Hyperhidrosis – Hands, Feet, Armpits
In this clinical presentation which affects between 1.5 to 2% of the population otherwise healthy people without any underlying illnesses develop excessive sweating. Local hyperhidrosis typically starts at an early age. Those afflicted with moderate to severe cases will likely experience social and day to day functional challenges. In more than 50% of the cases hyperhidrosis is hereditary. The location of the gene responsible for hyperhidrosis is known but the practical ability to change and control it is still in the research stages.

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