DefinitionThis section has been translated automatically.
Localized or generalized increased sweating with excessive increase of eccrine and apocrine secretion of sweat of different aetiology.
Primary hyperhidrosis (also primary focal hyperhidrosis) is described as an idiopathic, bilateral, largely symmetrical, non-physiological disorder (disease).
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs in the context of underlying diseases.
ClassificationThis section has been translated automatically.
A basic classification is made according to whether hyperhidrosis is idiopathic (primary hyperhidrosis) or occurs within the framework of underlying diseases (secondary hyperhidrosis). In primary hyperhidrosis, a further subdivision is made by localisation (e.g. axillary). Depending on the occurrence of excessive sweat secretion, a distinction is made between:
- Primary (focal) hyperhidrosis:
- Primary hyperhidrosis in combination with accompanying symptoms:
- Secondary hyperhidrosis:
- Neuropathic disorders:
- Plexus paralysis
- Compensatory (e.g. for sympathectomy)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical rib.
- Endocrinological disorders:
- Adrenogenital syndrome.
- Hyperhidrosis as paraneoplasia
- Infectious diseases (tuberculosis, borreliosis)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Rare syndromes with hyperhidrosis:
- Acropathia ulcero-mutilans non-familiaris
- Berlin Syndrome
- Brünauer Syndrome
- Burning feet syndrome
- dyskeratosis congenita
- Dysplasia, ectodermal
- Diseases of the Epidermolysis bullosa simplex group
- Fischer Syndrome
- Auriculotemporal syndrome (Frey syndrome)
- Page syndrome
- Palmoplantar keratoses
- Papillon-Lefèvre syndrome
- phacomatosis pigmentokeratotica
- Ross syndrome.
- Exogenously induced hyperhidrosis:
- Neuropathic disorders:
- Special forms:
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Occurrence/EpidemiologyThis section has been translated automatically.
EtiopathogenesisThis section has been translated automatically.
- Physiological in the sense of temperature regulation
- Constitutional (idiopathic); primary focal hyperhidrosis is a familial disorder. In 30-50% of cases other family members are affected. Little is known about the predisposing genes (see Hyperhidrosis palmaris et plantaris).
- Reactive in infections
- For endocrine disorders
- For diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system (e.g. Horner syndrome, auriculotemporal syndrome)
- For various skin diseases ( e.g. epidermolysis bullosa simplex, Weber-Cockayne, endangiitis obliterans, glomus tumours, Maffucci syndrome)
- after sympathectomy
- Iatrogenic triggering by drug intake (see below hyperhidrosis, drug-induced).
DiagnosisThis section has been translated automatically.
A major factor in hyperhidrosis is the restriction of activities of daily living, as it relates the degree of severity to the living environment. The Minor sweat test is suitable for determining sweating body areas. The Hyperhidrosis Severity Scale Test (HDSS) has proven to be a useful simple measurement for daily activities.
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- Anamnesis: A thorough investigation of the cause is indispensable. Axillary hyperhidrosis is treated symptomatically, for which various options are available, depending on the localisation of the hyperhidrosis (see below Hyperhidrosis axillaris).
- Procedure according to a controlled stepwise plan:
- Cleaning and skin care: Regular hygiene of the armpits.
- This may include washing the armpits several times a day using deodorant syndets or soaps (Dermowas, Sebamed, etc.).
- Shaving: Removal of armpit hair to inhibit bacterial growth (Corynebacterium tenuis) (see Trichobacteriosis axillaris).
- Deodorants: Applying a deodorant several times a day to neutralize unpleasant underarm odor. Powders have also proved to be effective.
- Clothing: Wear loose-fitting, breathable shirts and undershirts (no synthetic fibres, cotton instead). No tight-fitting clothes.
- Antihidrotics: Antitranspirants include locally applied chemical agents such as tannins, aldehydes and aluminium salts, which are used especially in axillary hyperhidrosis.
- Iontophoresis: Used especially in cases of increased hand and foot perspiration, sometimes also used in cases of severe axillary hyperhidrosis. The therapy is not suitable for pregnant women and patients with cardiac arrhythmia, pacemakers or endoprostheses. Initial: Therapy trial with 10 min./day (pulse current device) 4-5 times/week for 3-4 weeks. If effectiveness is proven, continuation as home therapy with 3-4 treatments/week.
- Botulinum toxin: A significant progress is the treatment with botulinum toxin A. It leads to an inhibition of the transmission of nerve stimuli to the sweat gland cells and is primarily used for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. The active ingredient is approved for the preparation Botox for this indication. The treatment is expensive; the effect is reliable. It is limited in time (6-11 months), but can be repeated if the effect wears off. The subdivision of the hyperhidrotic areas into boxes of 2 × 2 cm has proved to be effective. Per box 3 MU Botox (dilution: 100 MU Botox/5 ml 0,9% NaCl) are injected intradermally in a fan shape. The success of the therapy is checked after 2-3 weeks. Remaining hyperhidrotic areas can be re-injected if necessary. Side effect: Painfulness of the injections. Therapies with botulinum toxin belong in the hands of an experienced doctor!
- Systemic therapy:
- Anticholinergics (e.g. methanthelinium bromide [Vagantin] or Bornaprin [Sormodren]).
- In naturopathy, sage products (e.g. Sweatosan N) are available for internal use.
- Surgical treatments:
- After failure of all conservative methods, various surgical methods can be considered depending on the localization (see below Hyperhidrosis axillaris). In axillary hyperhidrosis, sweat gland curettage, sweat gland suction curettage and excision of the sweat gland areas with consecutive defect coverage can be used.
- In hyperhidrosis pedum et manuum, as well as in profuse whole body sweating, endoscopic thransthoracic sympathectomy may be considered if other therapeutic options fail. The method is performed as a minimally invasive procedure through an endoscopic approach; it is effective and durable. 2 major side effects have been described: postoperative pneumothorax < 2%; passive compensatory sweating < 20%.
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LiteratureThis section has been translated automatically.
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