Donate to Hyperhidrosis Research, Patient Care and Education

Hyperhidrosis is characterized by overactive sweat glands that cause a person to sweat excessively. Patients with hyperhidrosis are far more sensitive to typical sweat-inducing conditions, such as heat or nervousness. However, the sweating often occurs without these triggers, occasioned only by physical discomfort or emotional uneasiness. Hyperhidrosis can cause great anxiety and unhappiness in those who suffer from it, since they are often embarrassed by their excessive sweating. Moreover, the condition causes physical discomfort. With your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help scientists and physicians Northwestern Medicine to make continued strides toward finding a cure for hyperhidrosis. 

The different types of hyperhidrosis fall into two categories: focal (or primary), in which the hands, feet, and/or palms sweat; and generalized (or secondary), in which either the whole body or one significant part of the body sweats. Focal hyperhidrosis can be inherited genetically. A person’s risk of developing hyperhidrosis increases in accordance with the number of family members who suffer from it. Generalized hyperhidrosis has a variety of causes, such as anxiety and blood sugar disorders, acromegaly, menopause and tuberculosis. More serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, hyperthyroidism and lung disease also have been known to cause generalized hyperhidrosis. Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries can be precursors to generalized hyperhidrosis, as well. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to develop even more effective treatments for people affected by hyperhidrosis.

Currently, physicians at Northwestern medicine use a number of diagnostic techniques to determine whether or not a person suffers from hyperhidrosis. Physicians first talk with their patients, gathering detailed information about what appears to trigger an individual’s excessive sweating, as well as information about the effects of the sweating on the person’s daily life. In addition, physicians use diagnostic methods such as:

  • Paper tests, in which an absorbent paper gathers a person’s sweat and is later weighed
  • Starch-iodine tests, in which an iodine liquid is applied to certain areas of the body to determine the extent of the hyperhidrosis

Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will enable specialists at Northwestern Medicine to continue improving diagnostic tests for hyperhidrosis, ensuring the prompt implementation of an individualized treatment plan for every patient.

Current treatment methods for hyperhidrosis span the spectrum from relatively basic to highly specialized. Antiperspirant deodorants and sprays are considered the most conventional treatments for heavy sweating. Anticholinergic drugs are sometimes prescribed, while other stress-reducing drugs can be prescribed for anxiety-induced hyperhidrosis. In terms of more specialized treatment approaches, a form of electric current therapy, called iontophoresis, can be used on the hands and feet to deactivate the sweat glands temporarily, while Botox® also may be incorporated into a person’s treatment plan. Botox turns off the nerves in the affected area, thus reducing perspiration.

Hyperhidrosis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

With your financial support, Northwestern Medicine will be able to restore comfort and happiness to those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. A donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to provide people with hyperhidrosis with the possibility of recovery, and ideally, a cure in the near future. Your support is the driving force behind the breakthrough research that is occurring every day at Northwestern Medicine. Please donate to hyperhidrosis research today!

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