The Focus of Primary Hyperhidrosis Studies: Resolving Compensatory Sweating After Surgeries

Document Type: Letter to Editor

Author

Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Baqiatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


The prevalence of primary hyperhidrosis (PH) is reported to be as high as 6.1% by different studies. It is a rather prevalent disease in eastern Asia and the Middle East. Treatment of PH is either medical or surgical, but each of these has its own problems. Diverse medical treatments include hygiene protocols (such as absorbent powders, cotton gloves and socks, etc), topical agents such as aluminum salts, systemic anticholinergics, antidepressants, antianxiety agents, iontophoresis, Botox injections, microwave thermolysis, and topical laser. However, these therapeutic options are not sufficiently effective. Moreover, their effects are transient, requiring the repetition of treatment, and accompanied by bothersome side effects that leave patients dissatisfied; ultimately, many patients abandon treatment... (Read more...)