Excessive Sweating/Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is an embarrassing condition that causes excessive sweating in different areas of the body. While everyone sweats, excessive sweating can lead people to feel self-conscious, uncomfortable, and affect different areas of a person's life. Luckily, Tamjidi Skin Institute in Virginia and Maryland can help reduce excessive sweating and allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is common, affecting around two to three percent of Americans. Excessive sweating can occur in the armpits, palms, feet, or head. While excessive sweating under the arms starts in late adolescence, hyperhidrosis can become present on the palms and soles of the feel earlier in life, around the age of 13.

Hyperhidrosis is caused by a number of different things. It can be caused by neurologic, endocrine, infectious, and other systemic diseases. However, most cases of excessive sweating occur in people who are healthy. Most people with hyperhidrosis sweat nearly the entire time they are awake, but the heat and emotions can trigger excessive sweating in some.

The most common type of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal hyperhidrosis, which occurs when the nerves that are responsible for signaling your sweat glands become overactive. This type is generally hereditary. With secondary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is caused by medical conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Some types of cancer
  • And more

While excessive sweating may not seem like a condition that causes too many issues in daily life, people who suffer from hyperhidrosis may have trouble gripping a steering wheel, holding a pen, and may affect their social lives. If your sweating is causing your problems in your daily life, is embarrassing to live with, and is harming your social life, it is time to seek treatment.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Luckily, there are many ways that hyperhidrosis can be treated. To find a treatment that works for you, a systematic evaluation is done to determine the triggers and causes of your excessive sweating. Once it is determined what causes your hyperhidrosis and what your triggers may be, you could experience some relief to your excessive sweating.

Some of the treatments that can be used to stop excessive sweating include:

  • Over-the-counter antiperspirants
  • Prescription-strength antiperspirants
  • Oral medications
  • Botox
  • miraDry
  • Lasers
  • Surgery
  • Iontophoresis

At Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia, we can help solve your excessive sweating problem and allow you to live comfortably! Our team of skincare experts can help determine which treatment option is right for you. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, be sure to contact our dermatologists to schedule an appointment! We are happy to help you find a solution to your excessive sweating.