My 15 year old daughter, my 7 year old son and myself to a lesser degree suffers terribly at the hands of hyperidrosis, (pronounced hi-pur-hi-droe-sis).
It is an unpleasant, excessive and unwanted relationship with sweating.
It can lead to anxiety, embarrassment and lowers the confidence of the sufferer especially one in their teenager whose psyche is too immature to cope.
The sweating is unrelated to physical activity, heat or even nervousness. It is a serious medical condition and affects an estimated 365 million people! This research is according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society.
There are 2 types of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary Focal Hyperidrosis
- Secondary Generalized Hyperidrosis
Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis
This sweating is NOT caused by another medical condition or as a result of medications. It is a medical condition in and of itself. As the word “focal” suggests, it affects only specific areas of the body;
This type begins in childhood but becomes more prevalent in adolescence when the developing hormones are wreaking havoc on the youth.
The condition seems to be an inherited one. Seems I have given my children an unwanted thorn in the side. It certainly “pains” me.
Secondary Generalized Hyperidrosis
Secondary Generalized Hyperidrosis is caused by another medical condition or as a result of a medication. Hence the name “Secondary”.
This condition usually rears its ugly head in adult. Treatment is largely dependent upon identifying the cause.
The Problem with Hyperidrosis and Body Odor
There are 2 types of sweat glands in the human body;
- Eccrine sweat Glands
- Apocrine sweat glands.
Eccrine glands, usually found on sole of feet, palms, forehead, cheeks and armpits and thankfully produce copious amounts of watery sweat.
Thank God hyperhidrosis usually affects the mostly odorless eccrine glands.
The Apocrine glands are found in armpits and genitals.
This sweat is produced in a thick viscous invisible that then reacts with the natural bacteria on our skin and … kapow!!! The sticky sweaty odor is a byproduct.
How To Cope
- As much as possible try to keep specific areas dry.
- Frequent clothing changes.
- Wash with antibacterial soap, e.g. dial.
- Use deodorant (They help mask the odor.)
- Consult a dermatologist.
Help Is On The Way
- Prescription strength antiperspirant.
- Surgical procedures
- Herbal Teas
- Oral Medications
This is a chronic condition and often causes a lot of distress.
Stay well, stay dry.