Perspiration is a normal physiological function which regulates body temperature. It is usually activated upon physical exercise, excessive ambient temperature, stress, or anxiety. However, inability to control excessive perspiration may be indicative of certain health problems.


Hyperhidrosis may be caused by numerous disorders including:

  • diabetes – excessive perspiration may be secondary to abnormal blood glucose levels. Anti-diabetic treatment helps in controlling hyperhidrosis;
  • hyperthyroidism – in the course of disorders involving abnormal hormone production, the system eliminates excess fluids by increasing perspiration. Blood hormone level tests are helpful in determination whether hyperhidrosis may be due to abnormal thyroid function;
  • Lymphatic system malignancies – lymphomas are often manifested by excessive nocturnal sweats;
  • Genetic predisposition – excessive function of sweat glands may be due to genetic causes; in such cases, it is not indicative of any underlying pathologies.


One of the novel methods for the treatment of hyperhidrosis involves the use of neodymium lasers. The method consists in sweat glands being dissolved by the laser beam to reduce sweating by 50-75%. Laser treatment is delivered under local anesthesia and is 100% safe.

Hyperhidrosis may also be treated with botulinum toxin. Subcutaneous injection of botox blocks the neural stimuli which trigger the activity of the sweat glands. The procedure is used to temporarily block sweat glands while not reducing their number; therefore, it must be repeated every 6-9 months.

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