Hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized or localized to specific parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, or axilla. Primary hyperhidrosis must be distinguished from secondary hyperhidrosis, which can start at any point in life. The latter form may be due to a disorder of the thyroid or pituitary gland, diabetes mellitus, tumors, gout, menopause or certain drugs. Primary hyperhidrosis is estimated at around 1% of the population. The most common treatment is a topical aluminum chloride solution. Iontophoresis is effective in patients with hand or foot hyperhidrosis. With this therapy, the hand or foot is treated in a home device. Oral medications can be helpful but some have side effects. Botulinum toxin type A injections can be used to stop sweating in the site of the injections for 9-12 months. The procedure has been approved by the FDA and insurance companies to pay for it.
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