Excessive back sweating

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a very annoying problem that can be generalized or localized. Excessive sweating often results in  sweating from the hands,feet and / or armpits. Hyperhidrosis can also affect the back. This phenomenon is an unexplained production of sweat in large quantities. It causes sweatingabundantly and constantly since the sweat glands produce too much sweat. This is caused in particular by the central thermostat being in the hypothalamic area, which detects the temperature of the blood. When the blood temperature rises to a certain degree a signal is sent, thus provoking the sweating. Therefore, this disease is caused by a disturbance in the receiving of information by the body. This phenomenon mostly affects feet, underarms and palms but can, rarely, affect the back.

Who are the people most affected, and why? 

The most affected people are men. The first symptoms appear generally during puberty, and the disease peaks between the ages of 30 to 40 years old, before declining gradually. The causes of this disease are numerous and varied. Indeed, back sweating is a so-called "essential" hyperhidrosis. The hyperhidrosis of the back is mostly caused by stress, a major factor. Besides, this problem can be caused by strong emotions, repeated fevers, but also by the consumption of certain products such as spices or hot drinks.

Tips : how to make hyperhidrosis of the back more bearable?

It may seem obvious but deodorants remain relatively effective tools for living with this disease. In addition to this, there are preventative products, available in pharmacy, to fight  excessive sweating. Antiperspirants may also serve as tools against perspiration, although their action is limited in time. The most effective antiperspirant is aluminium chloride which can be used as an ointment.

Solutions and treatments to end perspiration

Two solutions are possible : iontophoresis  and botulinum toxin injections. Iontophoresis is a technique involving the application of a soft electric current on the skin to block the use of the sweat glands and thus sweating. As injections, they are relatively expensive and painful. Milder treatments can be considered, such as homeopathy. Several treatments exist depending on the area where the disease is located. It is often helpful to take an appointment with a dermatologist to get a personalized treatment, but the effects are usually very effective.

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