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Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Sweating Helps Your Body Stay Cool.

Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. Sometimes the system revs-up and causes sweating to occur at inappropriate times in specific areas of the body. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. Nervousness and stress may contribute, and other factors can play a role; certain foods, drinks, nicotine, caffeine, and smells can trigger a response.

Primary v. Secondary Hyperhidrosis

Primary or idiopathic hyperhidrosis may appear as sudden onset or continuous sweating, usually brought on by no apparent reason. It is usually not aggravated by exercise and usually stops during sleep. It is localized to the hands, armpits, scalp, face, and/or feet. It starts during childhood or early adolescence and worsens during puberty, and then persists for the rest of one's life.

Secondary hyperhidrosis, which is more common, is caused by an underlying condition. It is usually apparent as excess sweating of the entire body. Some of the conditions that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis are endocrine disorders such as hyperthyroidism, endocrine treatment for disease, menopause, obesity, psychiatric disorders, and systemic malignant disease. Secondary hyperhidrosis is treated by first addressing the underlying disorder.

MYERS Compounding Pharmacists can prepare an alternative to oral medication.

Glycopyrrolate is a synthetic quaternary ammonium salt. It diminishes the volume and free acidity of gastric secretions and controls excessive pharyngeal, tracheal, and bronchial secretions. It is available commercially only in oral and intravenous forms, where it is used primarily to decrease saliva and stomach acid promotion. We have a topical formulation the can be of help in treating hyperhidrosis.

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