- An excess sweating condition beyond physiological need.
- Classified as primary and of unknown cause (idiopathic), or secondary due to an underlying condition (usually an infectious, endocrine, or neurological disorder).
- Primary hyperhidrosis may also be described as palmar, plantar, axillary, and craniofacial, each of which has its own clinical characteristics. Patients may have a combination of anatomical areas affected.
- Primary hyperhidrosis occurs in both adults and children, commonly starting in early childhood or at puberty.
- Treatment options for primary hyperhidrosis include medical and surgical treatments. Medical treatments include topical aluminium chloride, oral anticholinergic agents, iontophoresis, and botulinum type A injections. Surgical treatments include direct axillary sweat gland removal and thoracoscopic sympathectomy.
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Last updated: Dec 27, 2012