Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive sweating. Sometimes hyperhidrosis occurs in childhood. Other family members may be similarly affected. At other times it starts later on in life for unknown reasons. An increase in air temperature, exercise, fever, anxiety, or spicy food may cause sweating which can continue throughout the day but usually reduces at night time.
Hyperhidrosis is an embarrassing complaint. If the underarms are affected, clothing becomes damp and unsightly. When the hands are affected it is embarrassing to shake hands and it is difficult to write neatly. Botulinum toxin injections (Botox®) into the affected area, can reduce or even stop sweating for three to seven months.
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