Sweating is a natural process by which body regulates an individual’s body temperature. The system that regulates all this is known as Sympathetic Nervous system.In approximately 1% of the population this system is working at a higher level and thus this problem of Hyperhydrosis.

We divide hyperhydrosis into Two types: Idiopathic – of which the cause is unknown and the second one is secondary to some disease process.

Causes of Secondary Hyperhydrosis

  • Hyperthyroidism or other endocrine diseases
  • Tuberculosis – night sweats
  • Severe psychiatric disorders
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Infantile scurvy, Rickets, Pink disease
  • Intake of drugs – salicylates and alcohol.

Idiopathic Hyperhydrosis

This is a far more frequent condition than secondary hyperhydrosis and is generally, localized in one or several locations of the body (most often hands, feet, armpits or a combination of them). It usually starts during childhood or adolescence and persists all life. Nervousness and anxiety can elicit or aggravate sweating, but psychological/psychiatric disturbances are only rarely the cause of the disorder.

Sweating can appear suddenly or manifest itself more continuously.
It can be elicited by high outside temperatures or emotional stress, or appears without any obvious reason.
Generally, it worsens during the warm season and gets better during winter.


In patients with primary hyperhidrosis or for symptomatic treatment of heavy sweating in patients with secondary hyperhidrosis, not treatable otherwise, the following methods have been adopted.

Anti Perspirants

Aluminium chloride (20-25%) in 70-90% alcohol, applied in the evening Alternate days.
This treatment is helpful in cases with light to moderate hyperhidrosis.

This method consists in applying low intensity electric current (15-18 mA), supplied by a D/C generator, to the palms and/or soles immersed in an electrolyte solution. It is difficult to apply in axillary, and impossible to use in diffuse hyperhidrosis of the face or the trunk/thigh region.


There are no specific drugs available against profuse sweating. Sedatives or Anticholinergics are often tried. Anticholinergics show too many side effects.


  • Excision of the axillary sweat glands

Patients with axillary hyperhidrosis who are unresponsive to medical therapy can be effectively treated by excision of the axillary sweat glands.

  • Sympathectomy

The principle of sympathectomy is to interrupt the nerve tracks which transmit the signals to the sweat glands.
Today, the treatment of choice for moderate to severe palmar and facial hyperhydrosis consists in a surgical procedure known as Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy.

The endoscopic technique is very safe, if performed by a surgeon experienced in this type of procedure, leads to definitive cure in nearly 100% of patients, leaving only a minimal scar in the armpit.

Individuals with combined hyperhydrosis of the palms and soles have a good chance to improve the sweating of their feet after an operation aiming to suppress sweating of the hands. Isolated plantar hyperhydrosis can, however, only cured by Lumbar Sympathectomy, an open abdominal procedure.

Diffuse hyperhydrosis of the trunk or general sweating of the whole body cannot be treated by surgery.


  • Hypnosis has been tried but with uncertain results.
  • Botulinum toxin

A family of toxins produced by bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. This toxin is one of the most lethal poisons known, interfering with the effect of the transmitter substance acetylcholine at the synapses (the contact point of a nerve ending with another nerve cell or a muscle) and leading to progressive paralysis of all muscles in the body, including the respiratory muscles.
In extremely low doses, botulinus toxin has been adopted in cases with localized muscle hyperactivity (lid spasms, torticollis, etc), resulting in a reduction in transmitting impulses to the muscle. It has been tried in hyperhidrosis. It seems to work adequately in axillary hyperhidrosis.


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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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