No one enjoys sweating but it is oftentimes an unavoidable occurrence. Sweating is a necessary bodily function; our bodies naturally sweat to prevent us from overheating and to release toxins from the body. However, there are some instances in which sweating or excessive sweating should be given some concern. Keep reading to learn more about hyperhidrosis, an excessive sweating neurological disorder that can cause negative side effects.
What Is Hyperhidrosis and What Causes It?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating in either the whole body or a specific area. This condition is not detrimental to one’s health, but it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and cause psychological trauma. Hyperhidrosis can be present from birth or onset later in life. Focal hyperhidrosis refers to localized excessive sweating, typically sweating of the palms and soles of the feet, whereas Generalized hyperhidrosis occurs across the entire body.
This condition can be due to an underlying health issue or can have no evident cause, affecting approximately 2.8% of Americans. Primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating with an unknown cause. This kind of hyperhidrosis is typically localized. Treatment of primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis tends to be more difficult as there is no pre-existing issue to narrow down options. Secondary hyperhidrosis is when a person sweats too much as a result of another health condition like gout, obesity, menopause, diabetes, or cancer.
What Are Side Effects of Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating, which is the obvious main side-effect. However, there are several lesser-known, more challenging-to-detect symptoms that people suffer from. Excessive sweating throughout the day is the most obvious symptom and can cause a plethora of neurological issues. Sweating of the palms of the hand can also become an issue of productivity if your job requires you to use your hands often. Because excessive sweating tends to make people self-conscious, anxiety, depression, and other issues often stem from this symptom. Night sweats are another symptom that people suffer from. Not only are night sweats uncomfortable, but they can be particularly embarrassing if you share a bed with a romantic partner.
Treatments For Hyperhidrosis
There are many different treatments for hyperhidrosis based on the source of the sweating and its frequency. Surgery is typically considered a last resort treatment and is often only recommended to those with severe palmar (palm) and armpit sweating. Check out these doctor-recommended, non-surgical treatments for patients with hyperhidrosis:
Antiperspirants with Aluminum
If your sweating is minimal and more manageable, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription antiperspirants that contain aluminum to limit the amount of sweat your glands produce.
This kind of medication works by inhibiting the signals that your nervous system sends to your sweat glands. This can help inhibit the amount of sweat your glands produce.
Iontophoresis is an electromotive, non-invasive way to administer medicine without the use of a syringe. It administers a charged substance to the body with no trauma and can be very effective at treating hyperhidrosis.
Other Causes of Excessive Sweating
To a certain extent, excessive sweating can be normal and related to things that aren’t harmful. If you live in a humid or hot area, have recently started a new or more intense workout regimen, or generally spend a lot of time outside exerting yourself, the amount of sweat you are experiencing may be completely normal. The best thing for you to do is to see a health care provider for a physical examination. They can properly diagnose you and then walk you through potential treatment options.
Visit Beaumont Dermatology and Family Practice
At Beaumont Dermatology and Family Practice, we know skin. If you are looking for treatment for hyperhidrosis, acne, eczema, or other common skin ailments, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to learn more about us and our services.