Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for the condition typically referred to as excessive sweating. The most common examples are sweaty hands, underarms and feet. If you or someone you know suffers from hyperhidrosis, then you already know that there can be considerable emotional and social stigma attached to excessive sweating, and can lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is caused when the central nervous system over-stimulates the endocrine glands (sweat glands) and causes them to produce more sweat than necessary to cool the body. Genetics may play a role in hyperhidrosis as may people with this condition have other family members experiencing excessive sweating. Other than that, not much is known as to the cause.
What areas can be affected by hyperhidrosis?
Considering we have about 4 million sweat glands covering your body, theoretically you could experience hyperhidrosis anywhere on your body. However, the two main types of hyperhidrosis are:
- palmer hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of the hands and feet, and
- axillary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of the underarms.
Is there a treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Fortunately yes, there is a treatment for hyperhidrosis. Traditionally treatment included things like over-the-counter antiperspirants, prescription antiperspirants, oral medications, electrical treatments (Iontophoresis) and surgery.
More recently, Botox® Therapeutic has become a popular non-surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis that targets the affected area painlessly and effectively. Botox® Therapeutic temporarily blocks the signals that stimulate the sweat glands only in the treated area. You should notice a significant reduction in excessive sweating within two weeks of treatment. Results have been proven to last an average of seven months.
How do I know if my sweating is really Hyperhidrosis?
There is a scale called the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). Answers are a simple yes or no, and they help your physician determine the severity of your condition. It looks like this:
- My sweating is never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities
- My sweating is tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities
- My sweating is barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities
- My sweating is intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities
If you answered yes to any of the last three statements, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation to help get you on the road to a sweat-free future.