Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating (perspiration). It usually affects the armpits, hands or feet. However, most areas of the skin’s surface can be affected.
Sweating helps maintain body temperature, skin hydration and fluid and electrolyte balance. People sweat in response to numerous factors (e.g., warm temperatures, physical exertion, anxiety). However, individuals with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively, even when these triggers are not present (e.g., in cool temperatures, during periods of rest).
Visible signs of hyperhidrosis are often obvious and may include underarm stains, dripping palms or wet clothing. Diagnosis of hyperhidrosis is often based on the patient’s symptoms and medical history. If secondary hyperhidrosis is suspected, additional testing (e.g., x-ray, urinalysis) may be performed to identify or rule out any potential underlying conditions.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical disorder that causes excessive sweating (perspiration). It typically affects the armpits, hands or feet. However, it may impact any part of the skin’s surface except for the lips, external ear canal and sex organs, which do not have the capacity to produce sweat.
Sweating is a natural process that helps maintain body temperature, skin hydration and fluid and electrolyte balance. It is regulated by the body’s sympathetic nervous system. People sweat in response to warm temperatures, physical exertion and situations that cause anxiety, anger, embarrassment or fear. However, the excess sweating associated with hyperhidrosis occurs without these triggers. Therefore, patients with hyperhidrosis may sweat even in cool temperatures or during periods of rest.
Potential Causes of hyerhidrosis
The cause of primary (focal) hyperhidrosis is not known. However, secondary hyperhidrosis can have numerous causes. Depending on the type of hyperhidrosis, causes can range from emotions (e.g., stress) to a serious underlying medical disorder (e.g., heart disease, tuberculosis). One of the more common causes includes heredity. Individuals who are genetically predisposed to hyperhidrosis often have sweaty palms and feet.
Spicy foods and hot beverages, and those containing caffeine and alcohol, can also trigger hyperhidrosis, as can some types of drugs (e.g., certain antipsychotic medications). Hyperhidrosis can also result from overdose of an analgesic (e.g., aspirin, acetaminophen) or hormonal factors, such as hot flashes caused by menopause, or reduced levels of the male hormone testosterone (in men).
Other potential causes of hyperhidrosis include:
- Excessive heat
- Spinal cord injuries
- Injury or disease of the parotid
- Metabolic disorders
- Disorders of the central nervous system
Signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis
Primary hyperhidrosis usually first appears during puberty or early adolescence and continues throughout adulthood. Secondary hyperhidrosis may develop at any time in response to a separate medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism) or other factors (e.g., stress). Visible signs of hyperhidrosis are often obvious and may include underarm stains, dripping palms or wet clothing.
The most commonly affected areas are the armpits, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. However, hyperhidrosis can impact any part of the skin’s surface except for the lips, external ear canal and sex organs, which do not have the capacity to produce sweat.
Treatment Options Why BOTOX ?
BOTOX Interrupts chemical messages that tell sweat glands when to sweat. It is injected where hyperhidrosis occurs (e.g., underarm, hand, foot), freezing the nerve that stimulates sweat production. Botox helps to dramatically improve hyperhidrosis, and usually last six months to a year. As a result, patients will require periodic injections of Botox to maintain the effects. This is a simple procedure with minimal discomfort and very popular for both men and women. There are no known prevention methods for hyperhidrosis.
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NEW! Now offering VASER for Excessive Sweating!
VASER is a safe, permanent and effective treatment for underarm hyperhidrosis that utilizes ultrasonic energy to alter the activity of sweat glands beneath the skin’s surface.
During this procedure the underarm affected area is filled with a special saline solution called tumescent which numbs the area and shrinks the blood vessels. A tiny incision is then made in the underarm skin in which a thin cannula is inserted that targets the axillary sweat glands.
The fat liquefies and dissolves into the tumescent solution. The results of VASER® therapy for hyperhidrosis are immediate and permanent. Patients are usually able to resume normal activities after 24 just hours.