Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, occurs without the natural triggers that induce sweating, such as heat, stress and exercise.
There is no known cause hyperhidrosis, but there are treatments available to lessen symptoms and alleviate the discomfort associated with the condition.
Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis
While most people sweat in response to emotional or physical triggers, people with hyperhidrosis sweat without these triggers. Excessive sweating is likely to occur in the hands, feet and armpits. This is knowns as focal hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis can be the symptom of another, secondary condition. Secondary conditions that may result in hyperhidrosis include the following:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Heart conditions
- Lung disease
- Substance abuse
- Use of certain medications
If you are suddenly affected by hyperhidrosis, it is important to bring the condition to the attention of your doctor or a medically-trained professional.
Treatment of Hyperhidrosis
There are many treatment options for hyperhidrosis. For help determining which treatment is best, seek the help of a medically-trained professional.
Commonly suggested treatment options for hyperhidrosis include the following:
Prescription Strength Antiperspirants clog sweat ducts to stop underarm perspiration.
Medication can prevent excessive sweating by acting to depress overactive sweat glands.
Iontophoresis is effective for hand and feet sweating. It uses electricity to stop the sweat glands from producing sweat.
Botox can be used to minimize sweating in the armpits. It blocks the nerve that produces sweat and is effective for severe underarm sweating.
Sympathectomy is recommended in severe cases and is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which cuts the nerve that activates excessive sweating.
Underarm Surgery removes the sweat glands from the underarms entirely.
To get help with hyperhidrosis and possible treatment options, call the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale today at (480) 596-1110.