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Are you embarrassed about how much you sweat?
We all sweat, whether it’s during our morning run or just sitting outside on a hot day. But when does sweating become something to actually be concerned about? If you find yourself needing to bring multiple shirts to work or you have felt so embarrassed by excessive sweating that you’ve avoided a date or social engagement, you could be dealing with hyperhidrosis. If so, our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, and Dr. Sarah Grekin can help.
What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?
Someone may have hyperhidrosis if they sweat profusely even when they aren’t physically exerting themselves or regardless of the temperature. People with hyperhidrosis will sweat in just about any environment—they may be simply sitting at their desk—but experience excessive sweating typically in and around the underarms, feet, and palms of the hands.
Why does hyperhidrosis happen?
While doctors still don’t know what causes this condition there are certain preexisting conditions and issues that can increase your risk for developing hyperhidrosis. Our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists most often see hyperhidrosis in those with thyroid conditions, nervous system disorders, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
How is hyperhidrosis treated?
Think you’re dealing with hyperhidrosis? If you are dealing with intense sweating that makes you uncomfortable or embarrassed or leaves you with cracked and chapped skin, then you’ll want to consult with our dermatologists here in Honolulu, HI, to find out if you have hyperhidrosis and to figure out how to best treat it. The type of treatment you receive will depend on certain factors such as your health and age. Some treatment options include,
- Lifestyle changes: wearing breathable shoes that keep feet dry and clothes with lightweight material that wick away moisture
- Prescription antiperspirants: contains a high concentration of aluminum chloride (much higher than what you can get with regular drugstore antiperspirants)
- Oral medication: typically anticholinergics
- Botox: along with treating wrinkles, Botox has also been FDA approved to treat excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis
- Surgery: this isn’t typically recommended unless the patient has exhausted all other nonsurgical treatment options and still hasn’t experienced relief
If hyperhidrosis is caused by underlying conditions such as low blood sugar or thyroid issues, then your doctor will determine the best way to treat those conditions in order to improve your symptoms. It’s important that you talk to us about your different treatment options before deciding.
Don’t let excessive sweating keep you from living life. The team at Dawson Dermatology in Honolulu, HI, can help. Call us today at (808) 599-3780 to schedule an evaluation.
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can be an annoying, embarrassing condition to deal with. Perspiring is normal, but hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating when your body doesn’t need to be cooled down.
One of the most common ways to tell whether you have hyperhidrosis is if one or two areas of your body are very sweaty, but the rest of your body is dry. Some common areas to experience hyperhidrosisinclude your head, feet, palms of your hands, and your underarms.
If you are experiencing excessive sweating, there are ways to minimize the impact. Consider trying these easy remedies:
- Changing to antiperspirant, not deodorant
- Using armpit shields to help absorb perspiration
- Wearing loose clothing made of natural fibers like cotton
- Changing your socks at least twice during the day
- Wearing black and white clothing to reduce signs of sweating
- Limiting or avoiding alcohol and spicy foods because they can worsen sweating
For moderate to severe cases of hyperhidrosis that aren’t managed well with conservative home therapies, it’s best to visit your dermatologist. There are several effective treatments for excessive sweating your dermatologist may recommend, including:
- Prescription antiperspirant products containing aluminum chloride
- Iontophoresis, which uses a weak electrical current to block the sweat glands from producing sweat; treatments are completely pain-free and take 20 to 30 minutes per treatment. 2 to 4 treatments per week are recommended with maintenance treatments every 1 to 4 weeks.
- Botox injections, which help to reduce sweating; injections of botox are given into areas affected. Botox typically requires 15 to 20 injections and takes 30 to 45 minutes. The effects of injections can last for a few months and Botox treatment can be repeated if necessary.
Excessive sweating can disrupt your life, hampering your self-confidence. You can get relief from excessive sweating from your dermatologist. To find out more about treatment for excessive sweating, and other medical and cosmetic skincare treatments, talk with your dermatologist today!
Why Do I Have Excessive Sweating?
Do you commonly find that your armpits or feet are drenched with sweat, despite being in mild weather and not being active? If so, you may be one of the 1-3% of the population that has hyperhidrosis, a disorder that entails having hyperactive sweat glands. Read on to learn the signs of this condition and to find out how your local dermatologist can help you cope with the often-uncomfortable symptoms that define it!
The Two Types of Hyperhidrosis
Before going further into the discussion of hyperhidrosis symptoms, it is important to establish that there are two types of the condition:
Primary Hyperhidrosis: People afflicted this disorder type possess a certain type of gland, termed, “eccrine sweat glands.” These sweat glands will cover the entire body, although they will be especially prevalent on the feet, armpits, face, and palms.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis: While also causing excessive perspiration on the body, this kind of hyperhidrosis is in fact a side effect of another medical condition or medication (hence the “secondary” designation). Conditions that generally cause secondary hyperhidrosis include, fever, anxiety disorder, menopause, and obesity among others.
Possible Treatment Options For Hyperhidrosis
We know how uncomfortable excessive sweating can be, and luckily, there are a number of different treatment options available to those who struggle with hyperhidrosis. Of course, given that each case differs largely from the next, you will need to meet with your local dermatologist to find out which treatment course is best for you!
Some possible treatment options include:
- Aluminum chloride containing prescription antiperspirant
- Glycopyrrolate containing prescription creams.
- Nerve-blocking medications
- Botulinum injections
- Antidepressants or anxiety relieving medication (in the case of secondary hyperhidrosis)
- A number of surgical options (reserved for very serious cases)
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We know how uncomfortable it can be to live with hyperhidrosis. If you are looking to relieve your symptoms, give contact your local pediatrician today!
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 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!
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.