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What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used to describe the excessive sweating condition that affects millions of Americans. Excess sweating can occur in specific regions (primary focal hyperhidrosis) or throughout the body (secondary generalized hyperhidrosis).

The hands, feet, armpits (axillae), and groin have the highest concentration of sweat glands (eccrine glands). This makes them some of the most common areas with the greatest perspiration. Having an overactive sweat gland in the palms is known as palmar hyperhidrosis and excess sweating in the feet is plantar hyperhidrosis. Excessive underarm sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis.

Excess sweat may be a sign of a medical condition, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or heart disease. This is more likely if the increase in sweating occurs later in life. However, many people who experience hyperhidrosis are otherwise healthy.

This common type of hyperhidrosis sweat is referred to as "primary hyperhidrosis." Primary hyperhidrosis usually arises during adolescence and appears to be an inherited trait. People with hyperhidrosis commonly complain that they get nervous because they sweat, then sweat more because they get nervous. It could become an endless cycle if not treated or managed at least.

Top Hyperhidrosis Treatments by Dermatology & Skin Health

Patients from New Hampshire and Massachusetts don’t need to worry about excessive sweating and other related sweat disorders thanks to different medical treatments for hyperhidrosis at Dermatology & Skin Health. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and highly-trained professionals perform each skin treatment inside state-of-the-art facilities to ensure your safety and comfort.

By consulting with us now, you can find out which hyperhidrosis treatment option is the best pick for you. We view your medical records first and perform necessary tests to diagnose your sweating condition and determine its cause before recommending a treatment option. Schedule your first appointment with us by calling us or filling out our form online.

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What Causes Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis?

The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown, but most patients with this sweating disorder seemed to inherit it from their family members. Some of the most common triggers for this condition are often related to social or physical stress. Anxiety can exacerbate sweating for many people, as can alcohol, caffeine, certain foods, or even certain smells.

On the other hand, secondary hyperhidrosis is often caused by certain medical conditions like skin infection, cancer, or some types of thyroid problems. It usually starts during the patient’s adulthood. Most patients have hyperhidrosis sweat throughout their bodies, but it may also just affect one area.

Some people with hyperhidrosis suffer lifestyle and career challenges. For people with armpit sweating, hiding embarrassing sweat spots under the armpits can limit their arm movements and pose. In some severe cases, some of them might even have skin maceration or body odor because of the bacteria built up in the moist armpit.

Patients who have excessive sweat may even be forced to change their shirts several times a day. Employees, such as sales staff, who interact with many new people can experience social rejection.

Who is Affected by Hyperhidrosis?

Anyone may develop hyperhidrosis, but certain factors put people at higher risk of having this medical condition such as:

  • Family history of excessive sweating
  • Underlying medical conditions that result in sweating
  • Intake of medication or food supplements that trigger sweating

Women in their menopause period may also experience excessive sweating whenever they have hot flashes that usually last for a few minutes. The hormonal imbalance in their bodies may also be another possible reason for hyperhidrosis.

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When to See a Dermatologist for Excessive Sweating?

Although excessive sweating is a common condition, most patients don't seek the help of healthcare professionals because they’re embarrassed to talk about it. The good news is that this condition is manageable with an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Make sure to call your healthcare provider to consult about hyperhidrosis if you:

  • Experience excess sweat for no apparent reason for at least 6 months
  • Are hindered by excessive sweating when performing daily activities
  • Have a family history of hyperhidrosis
  • Also experience weight loss, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath along with excess sweating

Visiting the website of the International Hyperhidrosis Society also helps some patients understand their condition better if they’re not ready to face a dermatologist yet. However, consultation with a healthcare provider is still necessary to determine the cause of the sweating disorder and treat it with the right procedures.

How Can I Manage Hyperhidrosis by Myself?

Excessive sweating can be extremely uncomfortable, but there are a few ways to reduce sweating even at home. Here’s how you can manage your hyperhidrosis using natural or over-the-counter remedies:

  • Use topical antiperspirant to actively block the sweat glands from producing sweat.
  • Wait for your body to dry first after showering before putting clothes on.
  • Limit your intake of food that induces sweating, such as processed foods, high-fat foods, spicy dishes, caffeine, liquor, and more.
  • Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water everyday.
  • Always wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes.

How is Hyperhidrosis Treated?

If your excessive sweating isn’t reduced by natural remedies, hyperhidrosis can often be effectively managed using medical treatment options. After the initial consultation, a treatment based on your medical history and personal needs will be recommended by your physician. Some of the common treatment options include:

  • Stronger antiperspirants with Aluminum Chloride – These antiperspirants are effective for mild cases of excessive sweating. They’re usually stronger than over-the-counter antiperspirants because of the added aluminum chloride.
  • Anticholinergic medications (Ditropan) – This type of oral medication works best for generalized sweating. They block acetylcholine from working on the sweat glands, resulting in reduced sweating in hyperhidrosis patients.
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) – This surgery involves cutting the sympathetic nerves to control sweating in the palms or face of the patient. The thoracic surgeon usually recommends this when none of the other alternative treatments work.

FAQs About Hyperhidrosis

Q: Is it possible to experience compensatory sweating after my hyperhidrosis treatment?

A: This depends on the type of hyperhidrosis treatment you had, but patients who went through ETS surgery are more likely to experience compensatory sweating than others. But like hyperhidrosis itself, compensatory sweating is also a treatable condition so it would be best to talk to your healthcare provider about it.

Q: Do antiperspirants cause breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease?

A: No, there’s not enough evidence to support this belief. The main risk of using antiperspirants is the skin irritation that might occur if there are cuts in the problem areas that might become infected or if the patient is allergic to some of the ingredients used in their topical antiperspirant.

Q: Can I prevent hyperhidrosis?

A: It’s difficult to prevent focal hyperhidrosis, but it’s possible to prevent most cases of generalized hyperhidrosis. The most important key to doing this is to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment for the underlying medical condition that may cause generalized hyperhidrosis.

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At Dermatology & Skin Health, we offer world-class services done by award-winning doctors who have proven their knowledge and skills in this field. Start your journey towards achieving your best skin by contacting us today.

Reliable and Efficient Hyperhidrosis Treatments in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA

If you suffer from excessive sweating in your armpit, palm, foot, or other parts of the body, schedule a consultation at Dermatology & Skin Health now. Our team specializes in a wide selection of medical treatments for focal and generalized hyperhidrosis, so you can trust us to provide you with the best solutions to reduce sweating and manage other associated symptoms.

Please fill out the request form on our site or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), or (603) 742-5556 (Bedford) to book an appointment. Get the best skin advice and treatments from our team of experts by contacting us today.

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