What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that can interfere with a person's ability to interact and function.
- Primary focal hyperhydrosis occurs on specific areas of the body, usually appearing on both sides equally. The most commonly affected areas are the feet, hands, underarms, head and face.
- Generalized idiopathic hyperhidrosis is a condition inwhich large areas of the body sweat.
- Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis may be caused by a medical condition such as menopause, overactive thyroid, diabetes, or stroke. It may also be caused by certain medications, exercise, and heat. It involves large areas of the body and may occur during sleep.
- Prescription and nonprescription antiperspirants.
- Iontophoresis is used to treat sweaty hands and feet. A medical device sends a low voltage current through water to decrease sweating.
- Botox can be injected into the underarms, palms, or soles of the feet and blocks the release of a neurotransmitter that causes sweating.
- Oral medications are used to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands.
- A surgical procedure called a sympathectomy interrupts the autonomic nervous system impulses to the sweat glands.
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, call the Dermatology Center for Skin Health to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maouad. (304) 598-3888
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For a specified diagnosis or treatment please consult your dermatologist or physician.