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How to Treat Anhidrosis?

Generally it is observed that people really try hard to keep from perspiring but some people don’t perspire at all. The condition when an individual is unable perspire normally is called as anhidrosis. This condition can be life-threatening as in the absence of sweat production body cooling mechanism fails and result in overheating of the body. It is difficult to diagnose anhidrosis and in case of mild anhidrosis many a times it goes unrecognized.

How Anhidrosis can be treated?

The first question strikes’ regarding anhidrosis is: Can anhidrosis be treated? The answer is yes, anhidrosis can be easily treated. To treat anhidrosis the first thing you need to find is the cause. In case any medication is causing anhidrosis then with immediate effect you should stop that medication.

It is observed that anhidrosis affecting small portions is not a major problem and it can be ignored. But in case larger portion is affected then it can result in life threatening conditions. Listed below are some steps you need to follow so as to relieve from anhidrosis.

  • First thing you need to do is to cool yourself and take complete rest
  • In order to cool yourself sponge or spray cool water
  • Then drink lot of water preferably cool sports drink or fruit juices that contains essential electrolyte
  • In case you experience muscle tightening or muscular cramp then gently massage the muscles
  • It is advisable to wear loose cotton clothes
  • It is better to avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks as they cause dehydration
  • It is advisable to exercise when it is cooler

Causes of Anhidrosis:

Anhidrosis condition can be generalized affecting whole body or localized affecting small body areas. But the main question arises here is what causes anhidrosis? Some of the major factors resulting in anhidrosis condition are listed below:

  • Heatstroke or dehydration
  • Infection in the sweat glands
  • Neurological disorder like head injuries, hysteria, heat stroke and Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Congenital absence of sweat glands
  • Burns
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma to sweat glands like exfoliative dermatitis
  • Medication
  • Topical antiperspirants with aluminum sulfate
  • Skin disease like contact dermatitis, miliaria, etc. that might block sweat glands
  • Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia

Symptoms of Anhidrosis:

As mentioned above anhidrosis can affected large portion of body or small portion. When small area is affected then the unaffected body portion tries to compensate by perspiring more. Hence in this case one part of your body perspires profusely whereas the other perspires little or not at all. But when large portion is affected by anhidrosis then following symptoms are observed:

  • No or little perspiration
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitation
  • Weakness
  • Muscular cramps
  • Flushing
  • In severe cases it may also lead to coma, hallucinations or death

Even after following the above mentioned treatment you find no change in your condition then it is advisable to see your physician immediately.

Source:

MayoClinic

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