can manifest itself in many forms.
The most common form is excessive
sweating. The sweating can occur in
the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis),
hands (palmar hypherhidrosis), feet
(plantar hyperhidrosis) andface. No
one really knows what causes hyperhidrosis
but it is thought to be endocrine
system related. The endocrine system
regulates chemicals that the brain
produces such as epinephrine, nor-epinephrine
and seritonin. These chemicals control
anxiety levels, mood and appetite.
People either have primary hyperhidrosis,
which has no known cause or secondary
hyperhidrosis, which can be caused
by diet, weight, medications, etc.
(the cause here can be traced). While
the condition is not harmful physically,
the condition can be socially devastating.
Most people who suffer hyperhidrosis
complain of dripping hands, armpits,
face, etc. They avoid shaking hands,
public speaking or anything that would
draw attention to their condition.
can also include facial blushing as
well. Again,the cause is most likely
chemically related to the endocrine
system. People who have elevated levels
of catecholemines or the chemicals
mentioned above, tend to have anxiety,
bouts of rapid heart beat, stage fright
and panic attacks. The blushing occurs
because the brain releases chemicals
which have receptors in the vessels
in the face. When these vessels receive
the chemicals, they dilate and the
result is more blood rushing through
them and a resulting red or flushed
face. Facial blushing can be devastating
socially. People often develop vast
avoidance behavior to deal with the
blushing episodes. Medications that
can be very helpful for facial blushing
include beta blockers such as atenolol.
Beta blockers help the heart rate
from racing and can reduce anxiety
associated with public speaking. Alpha
blockers, a class of drugs that help
control blood vessel constriction
and dilation can be very helpful when
used by themselves or combined with
beta blockers, to control facial blushing.
SSRI's (selective seritonin reuptake
inhibitors) such as Paxil, Zoloft
and Prozac can be helpful to reduce
anxiety that causes the flushing.
Valium, Xanax, Lorazepam and other
benzodiazapine medications can also
be very effective for controlling
the anxiety that results in facial
- do not take prescription medication
without the directive from your physician.