Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating. This is not the type of natural sweating that cools your body. Instead, hyperhidrosis causes extreme sweating that suddenly appears at any time.
Primary hyperhidrosis occurs in specific body areas, usually your underarms, palms, feet, head, and face, especially the forehead and upper lip.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and low blood sugar. This type of hyperhidrosis causes sweating over your entire body.
What signs indicate I have hyperhidrosis?
You may have hyperhidrosis if::
You have visible sweat or wet clothes (not related to temperature or exercise)
Sweating affects your daily activities (you may be unable to hold a pen)
Your skin turns soft, white, and peels in the areas that sweat
Skin infections develop in the areas where you sweat
In addition to the visible effect of sweating, most people with hyperhidrosis are embarrassed by their wet clothing, often to the point of avoiding social situations.
How is hyperhidrosis treated?
After the team at Associated Dermatologists finishes an examination, they may run lab tests or perform a sweat test. Lab tests rule out an underlying condition, while a sweat test pinpoints the problem areas and can reveal the severity of your sweating.
They prescribe treatment based on the location of your sweating. Your treatment may include:
These antiperspirants block the sweat glands, which tells your body to stop producing excessive sweat.
The team may prescribe one of several oral medications that help to decrease overall sweating.
Prescription creams and cloth wipes
These topical treatments contain medications that inhibit sweat gland activity.
Botox injections temporarily block the nerve signals that trigger sweating. It takes a few days to get results, but then your injection lasts three months or longer.
Iontophoresis reduces sweating in hands and feet by immersing them in water and using a medical device to send low-voltage electrical current through the water. The electricity temporarily shuts down sweat glands.
As a last resort when other treatments don’t help, Associated Dermatologists may recommend surgery to remove the sweat glands or block the nerves that trigger sweating.
You can get effective relief from hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating at Associated Dermatologists. Call or schedule an appointment online today.