What is Hyperhidrosis?
It’s summertime now and perspiration is just a part of enjoying the extra heat that comes this time of year. While perspiration is only natural, many people suffer from hyperhidrosis and don’t even realize it. Or if they are aware of excessive sweating, they don’t know there are permanent treatments that can help.
Sweating is the body’s natural cooling agent and increased levels or perspiration is the natural result of being hot. However, excessive sweating, even when in a cooler climate, can be a sign of hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis affects a person’s hands, feet, and underarms. The three types of hyperhidrosis are:
- Palmar Hyperhidrosis (Hands)
- Axillary Hyperhidrosis (Underarms)
- Plantar Hyperhidrosis (Feet)
The symptoms of this condition can first manifest in childhood or adolescence. While there is no known cause to this condition, the effects of it are both physical and emotional.
In cases of this condition afflicting one’s hands, being able to grip everyday objects can become a challenge. Cases of underarm hyperhidrosis can become a point of embarrassment that can also greatly impact someone’s life emotionally.
Fortunately, there are treatments for the different types of hyperhidrosis, from mild to severe. These treatments include:
- Prescription antiperspirants for mild hyperhidrosis afflicting the underarms
- Botox® has recently been approved by the FDA as an effective treatment. While not permanent, it has provided relief.
- For severe cases, there are medical procedures available that directly impact sweat glands.
While hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that may cause embarrassment, it needs to be known that it can be effectively treated.
While it’s normal to perspire when hot, excessive perspiration is unhealthy. If you have, or suspect you may have, hyperhidrosis, it’s best to consult your doctor. While the condition can lead to embarrassment, it can also cause other health problems, such as dehydration. After consulting with your doctor, you can receive treatment based on your individual needs. You don’t have to live with this condition—seek treatment today.