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Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, botox, dermatologist

Sweating is perfectly natural for most people. For others, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating around the armpits, feet, face, or hands is inconvenient and can be embarrassing. Even without heat or intense exercise, you may find yourself sweating for no known reason. Still, there’s no reason to live with perspiration intimidation. If sweat is starting to interrupt your daily routine, then it’s time to stop on by.

The Derm Institute can test whether your sweat is excessive, then offer a variety of solutions to keep perspiration under control. When you suffer from too much sweat, we help you keep your cool.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is hyperhidrosis?

  • Hyperhidrosis is a commonly misunderstood medical condition that afflicts millions of people worldwide. It’s characterized by excessive sweating, typically in the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet, and is usually beyond what is necessary to regulate body temperature. While sweating is a natural and necessary body function, those with hyperhidrosis sweat profusely even when they are not engaging in physical activity. This can lead to feelings of embarrassment and social isolation.

What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

  • The most common signs of hyperhidrosis include persistent sweating, sweating that occurs even at rest, a strong odor, excessive sweating on the hands, feet, underarms, face, or scalp, and wet clothing or linens even when the temperature is cool. Additionally, individuals with hyperhidrosis may experience skin irritation, fungal infections, or other complications related to their excessive sweating.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

  • Though the exact cause is unknown, it is thought to be related to overactive sweat glands or a malfunction in the nervous system that controls sweating, and can be exacerbated by stress, anxiety, and certain food or medications. It can also be caused from underlying medical conditions like thyroid problems, diabetes, or anxiety disorders. Certain medications and even genetics can also play a role in excessive sweating.

What are the treatment options for hyperhidrosis?

  • While there is no known cure for hyperhidrosis, there are a number of treatment options available that can effectively manage this condition. The most common treatment is antiperspirants, which can typically be found over-the-counter. Prescription-strength antiperspirants, which contain a higher percentage of active ingredients than over-the-counter products, are also available for those who need stronger solutions. Another treatment option is iontophoresis, a procedure that uses a gentle electrical current to disrupt the sweat glands. Botox injections have also been shown to be effective in reducing excessive sweating. For more severe cases, surgery may be recommended, but it is typically only recommended after other treatments have been tried.

Are there any lifestyle changes that can help with hyperhidrosis?

  • There are changes to one's lifestyle that can aid in managing the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Firstly, wearing breathable, loose-fitting, and lightweight clothing can help keep the body cool and prevent sweat accumulation. Avoiding caffeine, spicy, hot, or sugary foods, and alcohol can assist in reducing sweating, and staying hydrated helps to flush toxins out of the body. Maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular exercise, as well as stress-reducing activities like yoga, tai chi, and meditation can help manage stress levels, which can trigger sweating in some instances. Lastly, certain antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can be highly effective in decreasing sweat production.

Are there any home remedies for managing hyperhidrosis?

  • Fortunately, there are several natural options that may help control sweating. One popular choice is apple cider vinegar, which is believed to reduce sweating by balancing the pH levels of the body, and be applied to affected areas with a cotton ball. Another option is to soak your feet in tea, which can help to reduce sweating and minimize odor. Additionally, sage tea has been shown to reduce excessive sweating, and black tea bags can be used as a topical treatment on sweat-prone areas. Baking soda, cornstarch, and coconut oil are also commonly used remedies to help absorb moisture and prevent odor.

Is hyperhidrosis hereditary?

  • Hyperhidrosis can be passed down from one generation to another. Scientific research has shown that  up to 50% of cases of hyperhidrosis have a family member who also experiences excessive sweating.  While the exact genes that cause hyperhidrosis haven't been identified, research has shown that it's likely passed down through a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, it's important to note that not all cases of hyperhidrosis are genetic.

Is hyperhidrosis linked to any other health conditions?

  • Although it may seem like a harmless inconvenience, excess sweating can actually be linked to other health conditions. For instance, those who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience anxiety and depression, as it can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem to deal with on a daily basis. Additionally, it can lead to skin irritations, fungal infections, and an increased risk of heat stroke, and may be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as thyroid problems, Parkinson's disease, or diabetes.

    Understanding the potential links between hyperhidrosis and other health conditions can help individuals make informed decisions about their treatment options and seek appropriate medical care.