Do you feel like you sweat more than most people? Does it make you embarrassed or self-conscience? Do you carry around an extra shirt or undershirt because you sweat through your clothes more often than you can count?
Look, everyone sweats. It’s your body’s way of regulating your body temperature during exercise, strenuous activities and especially in hot weather.
But some people sweat more than others thanks to overactive sweat glands or related medical conditions. Excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis and it can be a major annoyance and have a negative impact on your day-to-day.
The good news is this is a skin condition that can be diagnosed and treated by an experienced dermatologist.
- You avoid shaking hands with people due to your sweaty palms
- You avoid certain social interactions because you are concerned about sweating
- You avoid being intimate with your partner because you become a sweaty mess
- You always have a change of clothes with you because of constant underarm sweating
- You go through undershirts and antiperspirant at an alarming rate
If you think you may have symptoms because you suffer from excessive sweating you should make an appointment to see a skin expert today. Dermatologists are often the most informed about this condition and can easily diagnosis and treat this troublesome problem.
There are basically two types of hyperhidrosis: primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
- Primary is excessive sweating that is not caused by a medical condition nor is it caused by a side effect of medications. This type of sweating is also referred to as focal hyperhidrosis and it typically affects focal areas like the hands, feet, underarms, face, and head.
- Secondary is excessive sweating caused by another medical condition or a side-effect of prescription drugs. It is called “secondary” because it is second to an existing condition. With secondary hyperhidrosis, you typically produce sweat on larger more generalized areas of your body – even while you are at rest.
There is also a name for each hyperhidrosis that affects a particular area of your body.
- Facial – profuse sweating of the face and scalp
- Axillary – excessive underarm sweating
- Palmar – excessive sweating on the palms
- Plantar – excessive sweating of the feet
Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Your dermatologist will walk you through all of your different treatment options available including:
- Over-the-counter or prescription strength antiperspirants
- Medication therapy
- Botox injections for excessive underarm sweating
- Surgery – Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) or local underarm surgery
- MiraDry treatment – noninvasive microwave technology
- Iontophoresis – electric current device
As you can see there are several treatment options available to help you manage or get rid of excessive sweating. Don’t let hyperhidrosis put a damper on your life.
If you discover any of these symptoms you should visit one of our Top10MD dermatologists for diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens.
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