Thursday, April 7, 2011

Medical Treatment of sweaty glands and sweaty palms

Medical Treatment for hyperhidrosis

1) Antipersirant
There are many different formulation but aluminium chloride is the most commonly used. This is particularly effective for the sweaty armpit but less so for the sweaty palms the anti-perspirant gets washed off easily.
Continue use for 3 to 5 days increases the effectiveness. The downside to it is that some people are allergic to this or are sensitive to the formulation.

2) Botox Injection for sweaty palms

Recently FDA has approved the use of botox to treat sweaty palms. The effect can last 3 to 9 months and has been shown to be effective. The drawn back is that it is expensive and a jab in the wrong place can injury arteries or nerves, causing numbness of the hands. The upside is that it is a fast and easy office procedure.

Medication for sweaty palms, feet and armpit.
Anticholinergic drugs like oxybutynin has been shown to help in sweaty glands. But the side effects are many and includes drowsiness, visual symptoms and dryness in the mouth and other mucus membranes

No other medication has been shown to be effective in hyperhidrosis.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Medical Causes of Sweaty palms and feet

Sweaty palms and sweaty feet is a result of overactive sweat glands and is a common problem. While most of the time this is benign other than the inconveniences of sweaty glands, sometimes this may indicate a medical problem.

Isolated sweaty palms is usually a dermatological condition. But there are other possible causes of sweaty palms and feet. These includes thyroid diseases, acromegaly, phaechromocytoma or even hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Menopause itself can cause hot flushes leading to increase sweating..
Heart attack can cause cold sweat(diaphoresis) and so does severe pain.
Cancer can cause sweating and tuberculosis infection typically causes night sweats.

How can you tell if you could be having any of these conditions?
If you sweaty glands are an isolated condition, it is likely to be benign. If you experience other symptoms, they could indicate a medical problem for your sweaty palms.
The list of symptoms includes:
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Pain
  • Change in bowel habit
  • Fainting
  • Giddiness
  • Palpitations
  • Feeling anxious
  • Fever
The list is not exclusive but should you have any of the above stated, please kindly see the physician.