Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is the term used when the body’s mechanism for cooling itself through sweating becomes overactivated and causes certain areas of the body to sweat 4 or 5 times more than necessary or normal. Most often, this excessive sweating affects the palms, feet, underarms, or head, while the rest of the body remains dry. This kind of excessive sweating is a serious medical condition. Medical experts estimate it now affects around 7.8 million people in the U.S., which is approximately 3% of the total population. Due to lack of awareness, more than half of these people are never diagnosed or treated for their symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms
Warning signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis may include:
– Visible sweating when sitting or with no exertion
– Sweat-soaked clothing or beads of sweat on your skin
– Excessive sweating which interferes with everyday work and activities
– Skin staying wet for long periods of time or turns soft, white, and peels in certain areas
– Skin infections, such as athletes foot or jock itch, appear on affected areas

Two Types of Hyperhidrosis
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
1. Primary Focal: Not caused by any other medical condition or medication … starts in earlier years
2. Secondary Generalized: Caused by some other medical condition or medication … starts in adults

Diagnosis
Medical experts and the International Hyperhidrosis Society both recommend seeing a dermatologist first. This is because dermatologists receive specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperhidrosis. The doctor will determine which type of hyperhidrosis you have and recommend the appropriate treatment. If you have the “Secondary Generalized” form of hyperhidrosis the doctor will help determine which factors such as medications, illness, stress, or lifestyle might be contributing to the symptoms.

Treatments
After a thorough examination and diagnosis the doctor will determine which treatment or combination of treatments will most effectively control this serious disease. Recommended treatments may include:
– Medical Grade Topical Agents and Antiperspirants
– Botulinum toxin injections
– Surgery
– Laser Treatments

We Can Help
Hyperhidrosis can be distressing. This form of excessive sweating also can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, anxiety-inducing, and disabling. It can disrupt all aspects of a person’s life. Our doctors and staff are trained to help control this form of excessive sweating. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of this disease, please call us today to set up an examination and consultation.