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What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is an abnormally excessive sweating which occurs mostly in the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis) or on the palms and soles (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis).

Hyperhidrosis leads to embarrassment and anxiety besides hampering the normal daily activities of the affected individual. It makes difficult for the person to hold something like a pen or to shake hands during a social interaction.


Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

People normally sweat when they exert too much or are anxious, or after an exercise. But those who are suffering from hyperhidrosis, have an abnormal way of sweating without doing any of these activities. The sweating usually occurs on both sides of the body.


Causes of Hyperhidrosis

In hyperhidrosis, the nerves that are responsible for triggering the sweat glands become excessively active and send signals to the glands to sweat more even when it is not needed. With stress or anxiety, the problem becomes more and worse.

There is no specific cause for hyperhidrosis but most of the times, it runs in families and has a hereditary component. This is called as primary hyperhidrosis.

If the condition can be related to a certain cause, then it is termed as secondary hyperhidrosis like:

  • Certain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Menopausal hot flushes
  • Low blood sugar
  • Overactive thyroid gland
  • Some types of cancers
  • Heart attack
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Some infectious diseases


Diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis

The diagnosis can be made by asking for the proper medical history of the patient and doing a proper physical examination.

The family history of hyperhidrosis may help to confirm the diagnosis of primary hyperhidrosis.

The tests that can be advised are:


Laboratory tests:

  • Blood test and urine test can be done to rule out certain conditions that can cause excessive sweating like diabetes or thyroid disorders.


Self help

  • Daily bathing helps to keep the body clean and lessen the colonization of bacteria which can lead to infections.
  • Wearing of cotton clothing and also wearing foot wears which allow the feet to breathe.
  • Keep the feet open without socks and shoes as much as possible and allow them to air.
  • Doing mind and body relaxing techniques like yoga and meditation can help to control the stress that leads to excess sweating.


Homoeopathic Management of Hyperhidrosis

Well chosen constitutional Homoeopathic medicines will help to eradicate Hyperhidrosis completely by treating the causative factor itself thereby preventing and palliation and relapses without any side effects.

Calcarea Carb

  • Excessive sweating on the scalp.
  • Even while sleeping, there is profuse sweating on the scalp, leaving the pillow extremely wet.
  • Oversensitivity to cold Air.
  • Desire for boiled eggs
  • Craving for chalk, lime, and pencils.
  • excessive sweating associated with chronic constipation.
  • Chilly Patient
  • Fair fat flabby, slow and sluggish


  • Excessive sweating on feet, hands, and armpits
  • Offensive Sweat on soles. The sweat on the feet has a sour or putrid odor.
  • Excessive sweating on hands, posing a difficulty in writing and grasping objects.
  • Foul smelling sweat in armpits
  • Irritable sensitive nature, nervousness and obstinate character.
  • Oversensitive to cold

Merc Sol

  • Excessive sweating over the whole body at night
  • Offensive and sour sweat
  • Weakness also accompanies profuse sweating
  • Increase in thirst, Profuse salivation and profuse sweating.


  • Hyperhidrosis with highly offensive odor.
  • cannot tolerate cold air even in hot weather.
  • violent itching, worse by the warmth of bed or by scratching


  • excessive sweating and are sensitive to heat.
  • Cannot tolerate a hot environment.
  • Excessive heat in palms, soles, and head with increased sweating.
  • Burning after scratching
  • washing, bathing, the warmth of bed
  • Standing is worst position
  • Dirty filthy people prone to skin affections
  • after a bath