Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes unpredictable, excessive sweating throughout the body and can cause social anxiety or embarrassment for those who suffer from it.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is a condition in which a person sweats excessively despite the temperature being warm or cold or with little-to-no activity taking place. The condition is typically caused by overactive sweat glands. This condition can affect the palms, soles of feet, underarms, face, or the entire body.
Hyperhidrosis Risk Factors
A number of factors, including certain medical conditions, can increase the likelihood of developing hyperhidrosis. Medical conditions that can cause excessive sweating include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Certain medications and substances of abuse
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Signs and Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis
The most noticeable symptom of hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating beyond normal standards. Individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis may soak through their clothes or have sweat drip off their hands without any physical exertion or change in external temperatures. Episodes usually occur at least once a week without any triggers.
Hyperhidrosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Excessive sweating can be a nuisance and interfere with emotional and physical comfort for those who suffer from the condition. If hyperhidrosis is interfering with your daily life, Adena Dermatology offers several treatment options. Depending on your condition, you may be referred to a neurologist after consulting with our dermatologist. Your doctor is likely to perform a physical exam and review your medical history. Lab tests may be conducted to determine if an underlying condition is the cause. If your doctor suspects you may have hyperhidrosis, a thermoregulatory sweat test may be conducted.
Many treatment options are available for those suffering from hyperhidrosis. Prescription antiperspirants may be prescribed to help block overactive sweat glands. Oral medications that block nerve communication also may be prescribed. In addition, botulinum toxin injections may be administered in the areas that are most affected by hyperhidrosis. For more severe cases, surgical procedures such as iontophoresis or sweat gland removal may be conducted.
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