Some people don’t simply sweat when it’s hot or they exercise, they sweat excessively and randomly. This condition, known clinically as hyperhidrosis, is embarrassing and can make a person shun social interaction and various physical activities. But at Matsuda Dermatology, we can help get control of your excessive sweating.
What is hyperhidrosis and what causes it?
Hyperhidrosis makes a person sweat even when the temperatures are cool and the person is at rest. The sweating usually occurs on the palms of the hands, the underarms, and the soles of the feet. In some cases the sweating can occur all over the body.
In hyperhidrosis, the sufferer’s sweat glands become overactive, not in reaction to outside influence. Both men and women are equally susceptible to the condition, which develops after puberty. It’s estimated that around two percent of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis, but most don’t seek treatment.
Types of hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis has two underlying causes: it can be a side effect from a medication or it is a symptom of another condition. The latter is referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis. Here are some of the conditions that can be the source of the excessive sweating:
- Substance abuse
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
The first line in treating hyperhidrosis is antiperspirants containing aluminum salts. These salts block perspiration by forming a plug on the skin’s pores. Beyond antiperspirants, these are other treatments:
- Botox — This muscle relaxer that is primarily used to block the muscles that create wrinkles on the upper face can also stop excessive sweating.
- Iontophoresis — Patients sit with both hands and feet immersed in a tray of shallow water for 20 to 30 minutes as a low electrical current is run through the water.
- Medication — Various prescriptions can be effective.
- Surgery — Only recommended for severe hyperhidrosis, there are two ways to surgically hinder the sweating. In one, sweat glands are surgically removed or destroyed by non-surgical means. The other targets the nerves that control sweating.
If you suffer from excessive sweating, you may have hyperhidrosis. Call us at Matsuda, 808-949-7568, and let’s check it out.