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Sweating (Excessive); Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis

Here are indications for 5 remedies that are useful for patients suffering with primary focal hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

  • Sulphur: Excessive sweating on palms, soles, and underarms. Hot, sweaty hands. Warm-blooded, thirsty for large quantities; milk disagrees. Worse with heat, worse with washing and bathing, worse with standing. Body orifices are red (eg. red lips, red anus). All discharges are acrid, excoriating whrever they touch. Prone to itchy, burning, flaky, dry skin diseases. Itching from warmth. Feels good to scratch, but scratching causes burning.
  • Calcarea carbonica: Cold, sweaty hands and feet. May also have excessive sweating on chest and upper body. Calcarea cabonica patients tend to be chilly, obstinate, constipated, often desire eggs (especially hard boiled), milk, and cheese. They are chubby babies with cold feed who often have cradle cap and atopic eczema. Their heads may sweat profusely at night. They are late with the eruption of teeth and have difficulty with teething.
  • Silica: Profuse sweating of head, hands, feet, and underarms. The sweat of the feet can be quite offensive. (Remember Silica when parents complain of their child's stinky feet.) Silica patients tend to be cold, chilly, and lacking in vital heat. People who need this remedy may also have white spots on the nails and in-grown toenails. They tend to be very thirsty. Children who need this remedy are rather weak, yielding, faint-hearted, and anxious. THey tend to thave large heads and distended abdomens, and they can be slow to walk.
  • Lycopodium: Sticky and offensive perspiration of the feet and underarms. People needing this remedy are worse between 4pm and 8pm, worse with heat, worse in a warm room, and worse from warm applications (exception: throat and stomach problems are better with warm drinks). They may have numerous gastrointestinal disorders, including heartburn, flatulence, and liver problems. They may have premature graying of the hair.
  • Ignatia: Excessive sweating of the palms. This remedy is one of the premier remedies for grief. Especially suited to nervous, sensitive, easily excited persons who are quit to perceive and rapid in execution. Rapidly alternating emotions. It is a remedy of great contradictions (eg. people with hyperhidrosis whose sweating decreases with vigorous exercise). In general, people who need this remedy are worse with coffee and smoking.

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