Imagine having sweat constantly dripping off your hands, feet, or your underarms as a routine part of your daily life.Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating, especially of the hands and feet and affects at least 211 million people in the world.For 17-year-old Kayla Marks, a high school student in Pennsylvania, and 28-year-old Candis Hart, a D.C. Police Officer, Hyperhidrosis controls every aspect of their lives and takes a toll physically, emotionally and socially."It's very hard. If I am in class and I do a homework assignment and I have to turn it in, then it's usually drenched in sweat," said Marks. "First thing in the morning, when I wake up,?|my hands and feet are sweating," added Hart.Up until recently there has been no true treatment for hyperhidrosis. Twenty injections of Botox on each palm and a topical treatment called Drysol were only temporary.But now there is new hope with a simple procedure called Thoracic Sympathectomy developed by a medical team at Johns HopkinsThe sympathico nerve under each arm is clipped with immediate results and very little recovery.Dr. Malcom Brock is a Thoracic surgeon and leads the team at the newly established 'Center for Sweat Disorders' at John Hopkins. During their research, they have also made a connection between Hyperhidrosis and depression and anxiety."We're starting to see that a lot of what we thought was primary anxiety, primary depression actually has a lot to do with hyperhidrosis," said Dr. Brock.Dr. Brock says in many cases, successful treatment of the Hyperhidrosis has ended a patient's need for anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication altogether and significantly changed their life."Life changing for me, significant difference in everything. Everything that I am able to do - daily interactions, daily activities, just a whole new world for me," said Hart.
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