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What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that involves excessive sweating, beyond what is necessary to regulate body temperature. It can affect specific body areas, such as the underarms, palms, soles of the feet, or it can be generalized, affecting the entire body. Hyperhidrosis can occur in individuals of any age and can have a negative impact on self-confidence and quality of life.

Primary and Secondary Hyperhidrosis
  • Primary hyperhidrosis: This form of hyperhidrosis is not associated with an underlying medical condition or medication. It usually starts during childhood or adolescence and primarily affects the underarms, palms, or soles of the feet.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis: This type of hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition, medication side effects, or hormonal changes. It may appear suddenly later in life and can involve excessive sweating throughout the body.
Symptoms and Impact
  • Excessive sweating: The hallmark symptom of hyperhidrosis is the presence of persistent and noticeable sweating that exceeds what is considered “normal”.
  • Interference with daily activities: Excessive sweating can interfere with daily activities, affecting work, social interactions, and personal relationships.
  • Emotional impact: Hyperhidrosis can lead to emotional distress, self-consciousness, and a decreased quality of life.
Treatment Options
  • Antiperspirants: Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can help reduce sweating when applied to the affected areas.
  • Topical treatments: Prescription topicals containing anticholinergic agents can block the sweat glands and reduce sweating.
  • Oral medications: Oral anticholinergic or beta-blockers medications may be prescribed to help control excessive sweating.
  • Botulinum toxin injections: Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections can be administered in specific areas to temporarily block the nerves responsible for sweating.
  • Home devices: Ionophoresis is a home device that can help decrease sweating of the palms and soles.
  • In office devices: Miradry uses thermal energy to permanently decrease axillary hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis can be a distressing condition that affects individuals physically and emotionally. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to help manage excessive sweating and improve quality of life. If you suspect you have hyperhidrosis, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled board-certified medical providers to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific needs.