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Hyperhidrosis—An Introduction

Hyperhidrosis is an all too common problem that results in excessive sweating. This can make patients physically and emotionally uncomfortable at work and in social situations. Keep reading to learn more.

Why do people sweat?
Sweating is a normal bodily function and when the body is functioning correctly, sweat helps you to cool down. This is especially useful when you are exerting yourself through physical exercise or when you’re in a hot climate.

What is hyperhidrosis?
HyperhidrosisWhile sweating is normal, excessive sweating is not and it can seriously interfere with your daily life. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. There are two types of hyperhidrosis—secondary generalized hyperhidrosis and primary focal hyperhidrosis.

Secondary hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating that is caused by an underlying medical condition or it is a side effect of a certain medication. Medical conditions that can lead to excessive sweating include diabetes, menopause, obesity, hyperthyroidism, gout, and more. If someone is experiencing secondary hyperhidrosis, they may notice that their entire body sweats excessively. In some cases this happens while the person is sleeping. This type of hyperhidrosis usually occurs in adults.

Primary hyperhidrosis means that excessive sweating itself is the medical condition. This type of hyperhidrosis often begins when someone is a child or teenager and it is not connected to another medical issue. Most people with primary hyperhidrosis are otherwise healthy. While secondary hyperhidrosis often affects the entire body, primary hyperhidrosis usually occurs in specific areas of the body. It often affects the underarms, hands, feet, or forehead.

What should you do if excessive sweating bothers you?
Hyperhidrosis can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can ruin clothing, make it awkward for students to participate in class, and make it difficult for professionals to give presentations at work. If excessive sweating bothers you there are things you can do to find relief. In some cases stronger deodorant and antiperperant will help, but in many cases that wont be enough. If you think you may have hyperhidrosis, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. They can help you identify the problem and explore your treatment options.

Excessive sweating is one of many conditions that is treated at the Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center. To learn more about your options schedule consultation today.

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