What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition which causes excessive sweating. Excessive sweating occurs when a person sweats more than is required for cooling. People with this condition can sweat when the body does not need any cooling. It often causes sweating from one or two areas of the body such as the palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body can remain dry, one or two of these areas can drip with sweat. This can interfere with everyday routines. Hands can be so sweaty that it is difficult to turn a door handle or operate a computer. Sweat from the underarms can soak through clothes which can make people feel self-conscious. Because the skin is frequently wet, skin infections can also develop.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

What are Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis symptoms include:

  • Visible sweating
  • Sweating inhibits everyday activities
  • Skin turns soft, white, and peels in specific areas
  • Skin infections such as Athlete’s Foot

How Do Dermatologists Treat Hyperhidrosis?

Treatment will depend on the severity of the condition and where the sweating occurs on the body. The dermatologist will also take overall health into account. Treatments include:

  • Prescription Medication: Medication can be prescribed that can minimize or stop the excessive sweat production.
  • Botox Injections: Botox can be injected into the underarms to minimize or stop sweating. Typically, the result may last for up to 6 months. This treatment is usually covered by the patient’s health insurance.

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