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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hyperhidrosis

'Hyperhidrosis' is defined as the condition of abnormally increased perspiration, more so than is needed for the regulation of body temperature. For about 10 years, since I was just a little girl, half of the back of my left hand would on and off drip sweat. I'm not talking drops, I'm talking soak through my sheets, drench paper towels, gather into a stream on the back of my hand type sweat. It has only been on the back of one hand, and I never understood it. I do not at this point believe it is connected to the Lyme, but I think the supposed Babesia with symptoms of night sweats and endocrine problems, could be worsening it in the past five years. I went to a dermatologist when I was in fourth grade, but he was not sure what it was and had no solution for me. Deodorants have worsened it instead of helping, and I never knew, this entire time, what was going on or that there was a name for it. Every doctor I had seen said it was the weirdest thing they had encountered and had no help for me. They said I was the only patient they knew with such a problem. Recently, my PCP told me I had reversed sweat glands on my left hand, so they were on the back instead of the palm. My right hand is fine, but not the left. Sometimes in the winter it gets so bad I can't wear a glove on that hand or I sweat straight through the water resistant winter glove! This made working at a ski resort and ski racing so difficult. Finally I found my way to google and typed excessive hand sweat, and that led me to a new door opening up. I found my way to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, with information and tips on treatment and even a doctor locator. http://www.sweathelp.org/en/

I found one doctor and got a two week appointment with him, which I saw last Monday. He was quiet and conclusive but had terrible bed side manner and I will not be returning. He wrote a prescription for something to put on my hand, did not tell me anything about it, and sent me off in the matter of a few short minutes. I have an appointment saved with a doctor at Manchester Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Manchester, NH and will be seeing him in August to get a second opinion and see what he can do to help. I hope this post may find someone else suffering excessive sweating that needs a direction to be pointed in as well.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Elaina. I don't know if this will help or not but I know of a couple of people that actually get botox injections for excessive sweating. Not sure if it would work and also not sure if this is something you should do with all your issues but I thought I would put it out there.

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    1. It may be something I look into. Thanks!

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  2. Hi Elaina, i have just read your description an have sort of the same problem. It started roughly 22yrs ago, a long time ago to have done nothing about it i know, but everyone including doctors have said that it is just one of those things. My left palm of my hand sweats constantly, i can wipe my hand and fingers dry and actually watch the sweat come back through my glands, and like you if i cup my hand in a few minutes a little pool accumulates. So far no creams deoderant has worked, if i hold a tissue, put my hand in my pocket or even clench my fist it only gets worse. My hand is very sensitive due to this, i can't hold anything warm or barely un-screw a tight bottle top, its getting to the point now i want to know why this is because Im not convinced its- normal, i wasn't born like this, just thought id share this with you, please let me know if there is a cure so to speak, regards gavin

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    1. See a dermatologist for some dry sol, it is working wonders! over the counter roll on certain dri every night before bed is working great too !

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