Disorders of the Sweat Glands

Ian H. Coulson, Niall J. E. Wilson


In this chapter the anatomy, physiology and diseases of eccrine and apocrine sweat glands are described. The clinical patterns, causes and associations of excessive sweating as well as those of reduced or absent sweating are addressed in detail. Guidance is given on the management of hyperhidrosis and on the choice of appropriate therapy, including topical and systemic agents and surgery. The presentation and management of occlusive and inflammatory disorders of eccrine sweat glands is covered fully, as are the clinical features and management of abnormal sweat odour and colour and of apocrine miliaria. Brief reference is made to conditions associated with sweat gland inclusions.
Keywords sweat glands, eccrine, apocrine, hyperhidrosis, anhidrosis, miliaria, bromhidrosis, apocrine miliaria


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