Everyone suffers when it’s hot outside, but people with hyperhidrosis sweat so much that moisture can drip from their hands. Hyperhidrosis makes you perspire a lot without a reason.
Usually, sweat glands produce sweat that reaches the surface of the skin as the temperature increases, develops fever, exercise or feel anxious, nervous or stressed. When these factors are no longer a problem, the nerves that indicate sweating stop.
However, for 1% to 2% of the population with hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands do not close. Sweat even when circumstances do not favour it: when they have air conditioning or sit and watch television. Some people even tell their doctors that they sweat in a pool.
The causes of hyperhidrosis depend on the type of sweating that occurs. Excessive sweating is harmless most of the time. In some cases, doctors do not know why people sweat too much. In other cases, hyperhidrosis may be due to a health problem that can not be overlooked.
What is hyperhidrosis?
There are two types of hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis (also called focal hyperhidrosis) causes excessive sweating of the hands, underarms, face and feet for no apparent reason.
Secondary hyperhidrosis (also known as generalized hyperhidrosis) causes excessive sweating throughout the body or in a larger area of the body and can be caused by excessive heat, illness or medication.
Primary causes of hyperhidrosis.
If the sweat glands were activated, the glands of a person with primary hyperhidrosis would remain elevated.
People with primary hyperhidrosis usually sweat from a type of sweat gland called exocrine sweat glands. These sweat glands make up the majority of the 2 to 4 million sweat glands in your body. The eccrine sweat glands on the feet, palms, face and armpits are especially numerous.
When your body overheats, when it moves, when it feels emotional or due to hormones, the nerves activate the sweat glands. If these nerves react in an exaggerated way, this leads to hyperhidrosis. For example, someone only has to think of a situation that causes anxiety to sweat profusely.
Wrist- hand point should be pressed hard bilaterally to prevent sweating, especially of the type associated with nervousness and menopause. Do it for 5 or 10 minutes either before an anticipated sweat or to stop it once it has started. The two points may be pressed simultaneously, with the middle finger on wrist-hand point 12, and the thumb on wrist-hand point 5. Be sure to push straight down on each point.
Wrist-hand point 12: Located over the centre of the palm