Study Reveals Genetic Insights on Excessive Sweating
You might feel if you suffer from excessive sweating that you are just one of the unlucky ones out there and that could well be the case of course. Recent studies have shown, however, that there could be a genetic link for excessive sweating that is hidden in the genes passed down from other family members.
Hyperhidrosis does run in families so if you have it, it’s likely that some of your family members will also have experienced the condition at some point down the line. A lot of studies have been conducted over the years and the findings of some recent ones have been most interesting.
You don’t get more in-depth than a study that was conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine which has spanned over ten years, with DNA regularly being taken from people with hyperhidrosis. Dr Robert Burk is a doctor and an expert in this particular study and the statistics from the research was really interesting. Over 300 families have taken part in the large study, with over 1750 participants in total. There wasn’t just one member in a family having experienced excessive sweating, the condition often went back for generations. Amongst the people studied, all of whom were found over different areas of America, the condition was known to have started from a very young age and progressed into adulthood.
From purely the number of families where hyperhidrosis was prominent, it was obvious that this IS a genetic condition, although the search was still on to find out why and the gene involved. Specific participants were selected in order to go through this more advanced testing and the hunt was then on to discover what genes might be present in these individuals (a process known as exome sequencing). Testing in regards to this is still ongoing but still, some interesting things were unearthed regarding the condition in general.
Two-thirds of the participants who took part in the long study reported to sweat in their feet, hands and underarms. Almost half of the people tested sweated from their face, chest, back, and groin. Some participants seemed to sweat due to cold weather, while some were triggered by warmer temperatures. There are a number of viable treatment options for hyperhidrosis but sadly only 60% of the participants said that they sought help for the medical condition. When you consider how many other people struggle with this around the world, it is quite saddening to hear that many brush their condition under the rug. Whether this be due to embarrassment or something else entirely, it is SO vital that you tell a healthcare professional about your excessive sweating so that you can get the help you deserve.
It is really positive that so much testing is now underway to find a possible connection between genetics and hyperhidrosis. Research spreads the word about the condition which can only be a good thing especially for those who suffer from the condition. Testing means bigger and better remedies for hyperhidrosis and hopefully eventually, a cure once and for all so that nobody has to go through the embarrassment of the condition that thousands of people are dealing with as we speak.
The study conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine was just one that proved hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition. Although you can’t stop excessively sweating 100%, the fact that some members in your family might have it could help you in some way. For one thing, it gives you somebody to talk to regarding how the illness affects your everyday life, sometimes talking to somebody you actually know about the condition can be more useful. You can also share tips and tricks with possible treatment methods and what you have been trying in order to treat the hyperhidrosis. There are many different methods out there and what works for you, might also work for your mother, father, sister etc.