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Treatments for Secondary General Hyperhidrosis

Updated on August 5, 2011

If you are one of the many people in the world who suffer from excessive sweating, there is hope. There are many ways that this condition can be treated. Although there are two different kinds or problems with excessive sweating, this article will focus on Secondary General Hyperhidrosis – the kind that is usually caused by some kind of underlying medical condition that has a side effect of causing sweating problems.

Identify the Medical Condition

Secondary general sweating can have many different causes and the first step toward handling this condition is to discover the specific cause. Many people delay in seeing a doctor because they are too embarrassed to discuss their problems with excessive sweating, but it can actually be a symptom of a more serious medical condition.

Excessive sweating can be a symptom to many serious diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, menopause, pregnancy, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease, infectious diseases, etc. Clearly, some of these conditions are pretty easily identifiable, but others are not. You should see your doctor anytime your sweat patterns change. If you start sweating excessively later in life, it only happens on one side of your body or if it comes with any other symptoms, you should see your doctor to determine if there is an underlying cause.

Working with your doctor to determine the underlying cause of your generalized sweating issues is the first step toward treatment.

Treat the Condition

If the underlying medical issue causing your generalized sweating issues can be diagnosed and cured, your sweating problems will also be cured. For example, if your sweating problems are caused by a thyroid imbalance, medication can stabilize your thyroid and your sweating issue will also be resolved.

However, in many cases, it’s not very easy to handle this issue. In some cases the medical problem can be identified, but it can’t be cured or treated effectively.

Medication can also cause problems for your sweating. If a specific medication is found to be causing your sweating problems, you can sometimes try a different type of medication. However, there may be times when there are no other good alternatives available or the other options don’t cure your sweating problems. If this is the case, you will need to make a decision between whether or not to continue taking the medication for your health problem, so your sweating will stop.

How to Handle Excessive Secondary Sweating

In a perfect world, people who suffer from secondary general hyperhidrosis (generalized sweating) can see their doctor, the underlying medical condition can be determined, the issue is cured, and your sweating problems are resolved. Unfortunately, like almost everything else, a lot of things don’t fall into that “perfect world” scenario.

If you suffer from this type of excessive sweating and there is no way to cure the underlying medical cause and/or you can’t stop using the medication that was found to cause the issue, you still have several options available to you.

In this case, the treatment for your sweating problems will be more focused on the typical treatments that are used for localized sweating. One of the first treatments involves the use of over the counter or prescription prescribed sprays and lotions that function as antiperspirants. Lasers, botox and surgical options are other options to handle your problems with excessive sweating.


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