Hyperhidrosis: There’s Help for Excessive SweatingMar 27, 2018
Abnormal, unpredictable, and excessive sweating, referred to as hyperhidrosis, is a serious and difficult medical condition for millions of people worldwide. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body’s sweat glands are overactive, which causes overabundant sweat production that is not warranted by physical activity or an emotional response to stress. This condition is often characterized by unexplainable sweaty palms, embarrassing sweat rings, and dripping foreheads.
While there is no known cause of hyperhidrosis, it may occur in people who have abnormally large sweat glands or who are genetically predisposed to hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating may also signal more serious medical conditions such as thyroid problems, low blood sugar, and other health problems. That’s why it is important to visit your physician or dermatologist when you suspect you have an abnormal sweating problem.
In many cases, hyperhidrosis goes undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about the condition and the treatment options available. As physicians become more knowledgeable about the condition, more effective treatments are emerging—and working! A top option is miraDry® treatment, but there are plenty of other choices, including:
Prescription Strength Deodorants
- When over-the-counter deodorants are not effective in managing your sweating, then you may need a stronger antiperspirant. A dermatologist may prescribe a deodorant that contains ingredients that block sweat ducts temporarily to reduce excess moisture.
- Your regular physician or dermatologist may prescribe medications to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands.
- Botox, a popular cosmetic procedure known for treating wrinkles, may also be used to safely control hyperhidrosis. Botox helps control excess sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.
Although non-life threatening, hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing, impacting your daily life both socially and professionally. But it is also treatable. Understand your treatment options, and visit your dermatologist to learn more about managing your hyperhidrosis.
About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota
The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. We know how hectic life can be and we’re committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.
You can feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced, and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your next skin check. We look forward to meeting you!
Dr. Robert J. Zabel, D.O., FAAD, FAOCD, Board Certified Dermatologist
Terry Larimer, PA-C
Sheila Cavallaro, PA-C