Alon Pnini MD

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which excessive sweat is produced in specific parts of the body. . The most common areas affected are the armpits (axillae), palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. The condition is fairly common and may affect almost 3% of the population. While hyperhidrosis is rarely the result of a serious underlying medical illness, it can cause significant social, emotional, and professional consequences as a result of the excessive sweating and resulting body odor.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis – idiopathic, or primary, hyperhidrosis, and secondary, generalized hyperhidrosis. Those who suffer from primary hyperhidrosis usually experience focal areas of increased sweating, particularly the areas mentioned above. Generally, the increased sweating becomes noticeable in childhood or adolescence, and for the most part they only experience increased sweating while they are awake and not while sleeping.

In contrast, people who suffer from increased sweating over their whole body are more likely to have secondary, generalized hyperhidrosis, which means the sweating is caused by something such as an underlying medical disease or a medication. These patients usually report that the increased sweating begins during adulthood and happens both while they are awake and while sleeping. Patients with generalized or late-onset hyperhidrosis should be evaluated for medical illness or other secondary causes of their hyperhidrosis.

What causes primary hyperhidrosis?

The exact cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown. There are two types of sweat glands in the body – eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are found over the whole body, with an increased concentration in the palms, soles, and axillae. They are responsible for thermal regulation, specifically cooling, which occurs when eccrine sweat evaporates from the skin. Apocrine glands are found mostly in the axillae and the groin area, and their secretions are responsible for the odor that can occur with sweating.

It is normal for people to sweat in response to both thermal and emotional stimuli. Sweating is mediated by the sympathetic nervous system, which gets input from different parts of the brain for heat and emotional stimuli, and is something we have no conscious control over. Hyperhidrosis is thought to be an exaggerated response to normal stimuli, which leads to excessive sweating.

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About Dr. Alon pnini.

Dr. Pnini is the pioneer of Retrodermal Curettage as a treatment for Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). The Retrodermal Curettage procedure boasts a 90+% success rate. Alon Pnini, M.D. is a Board Certified Plastic and Recontrucive Surgeon, and Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery... If you have any questions or would like to know more about Dr. Pnini, please contact us.

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