How genetics and hyperhidrosis might be linked
We've all heard the dad jokes, the sports talk, and about all the qualities we inherited unintentionally from our parents.
“You’ve got your father’s eyes”
“You’ve got your mother’s nose”
But what if you inherited more than you bargained for?
In a recent study, it was found that there was a genetic history of hyperhidrosis in at least 50% of the patients being evaluated.
This means that many people suffering from hyperhidrosis also have parents, grandparents and even siblings suffering from the same condition.
It was previously thought that hyperhidrosis was related to stress until Dr. Ahn posited that it could be related to genetics when one of his patients said her six-month-old baby was also suffering from hyperhidrosis. This indicated to him that hyperhidrosis could be a result of genetics, and not just environmental factors and stress.
Because hyperhidrosis had always been thought of as a condition related to stress, doctors sought to treat stress, believing it would treat the condition. Until recently, the condition went largely ignored by the medical community leaving research underfunded and treatments scarce.
In a recent study, it was determined that there was one site responsible for excessive sweating: The sympathetic nerve.
The sympathetic nerve, responsible for our “fight or flight” response, contracts the blood vessels of the hands and feet. This leaves the extremities cold and sweaty. For people suffering from hyperhidrosis, these symptoms can be amplified.
Although the gene responsible for the alteration in the sympathetic nervous system has been located, gene manipulation is still a long way off.
Luckily in recent years, hyperhidrosis and hyperhidrosis treatments have been given more attention. This means that home remedies are a thing of the past.
The most effective and least invasive treatment to come to light in recent years is iontophoresis. This treatment isn’t actually new, it’s been used since the 1960’s to treat hyperhidrosis and is the most effective treatment on the market.
Sadly, it can be costly, that’s why we here at Iontoderma have combined the highest quality materials available with the most efficient production techniques in order to create a machine that is both effective, and affordable. It is hands down, the best product on the market for treating sweaty hands and feet.
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