Hyperhidrosis Symptoms and Causes

Hyperhidrosis Symptoms

The symptoms of sweaty hands down to the level of dripping can now be solved in an easy efficient way. The focal hyperhidrosis symptoms are basically sweaty hands and sweaty feet in most hours of the day. The sweating can be very severe or dripping. It can happen to people who are in a calm state as well as in anxious state. Hyperhidrosis is involuntary in nature (person cannot control). Anxiety however can increase the problem but the hyperhidrosis can also occur in a totally calm situation. The sympathetic chain which was responsible for this is part of the nervous system which is involuntary. Sweaty hands or feet can cause social, functional and emotional problems for patients from a very early age. The hands or the feet can be clammy because of an associated blood vessel constriction that comes with hyper sympathetic activity.

Causes of Hyperhidrosis

Also the causes of hyperhidrosis were the subject of more studies and those showed that more than 50% of the patients have a genetic history which means that the condition runs in families. Some patients might not recognize or know a member of their family tree is suffering from this but this issue was not spoken about in the past and also the condition might skip generations. It is not a dominant a gene. The exact location of the gene was found but a practical application to change it was not found yet which is similar to the fact that genes are responsible for certain cancers were found but a practical ability to change them to prevent cancer is still a matter of more research.

History of Hyperhidrosis
Since the 1980’s much more information became available with regard to focal hyperhidrosis (hands and feet). This new information was available because of two major events in the medical field. 1) The Internet became the main source of information. Patients and doctors could exchange the knowledge without personal contact. 2) The development of endoscopic surgery in all the fields of surgery. These two together brought the issue of focal hyperhidrosis into the mainstream. Many more cases were done where in the past it required long hospital stays, big incisions and pain, now are being done on an outpatient basis with small incisions, small amount of pain and excellent results.

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Is there a link here...

Disclaimer: No medical basis here. Pure curiosity.

Theory: My HH is caused by my hyperadrenergic POTS.

H-POTS is basically this. You have constant low blood volume, so when you stand your heart works harder to ensure your brain and extremities have enough blood. When you go from lying to standing though, your brain releases norepinephrine among other hormones as a response to the blood volume, and you heart rate kicks up 30+ beats per minute.

My ask: if you have primary HH and a heart rate monitor, try lying for two minutes, then stand, and see if there is a brief spike in heart rate that exceeds 30 BPM. 10 BPM is a normal spike.

Thanks in advance for any replies!

hyperhidrosis after brain tumor

Hi. I am 43 y/o female. I had a brain tumor removed in July. The tumor was cancer that had metastasized from my lung. Every since removal I will, at various times of the day, suddenly become COVERED in sweat. It affects my head, chest and back. I HATE IT! My doc kinda shrugged it off and I've not been able to find much info or if there is even a link between them. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!

Re: hyperhidrosis after brain tumor

Thank you for the question. Your case is not the one that usually is covered under the framework of sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis. Unfortunately the extent of your illness likely changed a few aspects of the balance in your balance with regard to the sweat control (brain control of sweat, hormones, etc). I'm sorry that your condition cannot be treated with the procedures typically administered for hyperhidrosis.

Does it change with age?

Does hyperhidrosis change with age? Will it get better or worse?

Re: Does it change with age?

Generally speaking the severe cases of palmar hyperhidrosis (hand sweating) do not change with age and they are in full force until the late 60's and early 70's. With the decline in overall body performance after the 70's people notice some reduction in their essential hyperhidrosis. People who were operated on in their 60's cannot believe what kind of a change it brought to their life. Simple tasks like dancing with a partner with hands together came to fulfillment after so many years. Some other patients said that they just got fed up with the problem.

Hyperhidrosis, generally speaking, starts around grade school and comes to full strength in early-late teenage years. Plantar hyperhidrosis usually manifests itself later in life (late teens - mid twenties) because of the later maturation of the plantar sweat glands. It can pose the same difficulties, discomfort, functional and social issues as palmar hyperhidrosis but in some ways it is easier to hide.