Hyperhidrosis is a condition many suffer with and our board-certified dermatologists are here to help treat this condition
Excessive sweating is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. There are two different types, the first of which is a focal hyperhidrosis. It limits the sweating to one area of the body, such as the armpits, hands, face or feet. The second type of hyperhidrosis does not limit itself to one part of the body, but is present over any and all parts of the body.
Hyperhidrosis is normally an indicator or result of another disorder or condition in the body, but can be hereditary. This includes but is not limited to menopause, obesity and nerve disorders. Due to menopause, women are more likely to be diagnosed with hyperhidrosis. This condition is also found in children and young teens.
There are several symptoms of hyperhidrosis. A sign of excessive sweating would be visible sweat while a person is sedentary. If everyday activities are difficult due to sweat, the skin peels due to being damp with sweat too often, and skin infections are a constant problem, hyperhidrosis may be the cause.
There are several treatments for hyperhidrosis that a doctor may suggest. The most common would be an antiperspirant, which is applied to the skin and blocks the sweat glands in an attempt to get the body to stop producing sweat. A doctor might also suggest iontophoresis or Botox injections. Medication may be prescribed or surgery may be considered in some cases.