Causes of hyperhidrosis:

Excessive sweating in general can be linked to a variety causes. Febrile illnesses (infections), hyper thyroid conditions, some cancers, etc can be found as a reason for excessive sweating. Obesity also can cause excessive sweating and this is due to the increased body surface area which in of itself increases the amount of sweat glands. If those are eliminated then genetic basis can be found in most of the cases of focal hyperhidrosis. Some studies have shown that palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive hand sweating can be found with a family history pattern in more than 51% of the cases. If one checks the family tree and no connection can be found it can attributed to a new mutation in the genes.

So far the location of the gene is known but how to treat it is still a utopia. We will have to wait for genetic manipulation to treat ailments. Before that conservative treatment with medications, lotions, biofeedback, Botox injections, iontophoresis, and others should be tried before one chooses the surgical options of ETS for excessive palmar hyperhidrosis, ELS for excessive plantar sweating, and axillary suction currettage for excessive armpit sweating.

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