Sweating is a regular (and healthy) bodily function. But if you’ve ever felt like you tend to sweat more than the average amount, you might be dealing with hyperhidrosis.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes an individual to experience excessive sweating, either only in certain areas or the entire body. It’s a surprisingly common condition and one that many people may not even realize they have.
Areas affected by hyperhidrosis can include:
- Palms of the hands
- Soles of the feet
- Groin area
- Face and chest
You can have localized hyperhidrosis, affecting specific “zones” such as your armpits. Or, you can have generalized hyperhidrosis, which impacts most of all of your body.
How much sweating is “excessive”?
There isn’t necessarily a firm guideline for how much sweating is considered excessive. However, if you feel like you’re sweating so much that it affects your everyday life, you may have hyperhidrosis.
Here are a few examples of experiences common among individuals with hyperhidrosis:
- Avoiding physical activities, such as exercise, dancing, or hiking, because of worries of increasing sweating even more
- Avoiding physical contact, such as hugs or shaking hands, because of embarrassment
- Day-to-day difficulties due to excess sweat include challenges holding tools, using a phone or keyboard, driving safely, etc.
- Spending a considerable amount of time trying to mitigate the effects of excess sweat (changing clothing, showering, etc.
Is hyperhidrosis a health risk?
The excessive sweating associated with hyperhidrosis isn’t usually a danger to your health. However, dealing with its effects can be highly stressful and emotionally challenging.
For some people with hyperhidrosis, the condition leads to anxiety, depression, and an overall decreased quality of life. It can eventually segue into avoiding previously-enjoyable activities, self-isolation, and other adverse effects. Hyperhidrosis can physically contribute to chafing, infection, and skin irritation.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
In some cases, there isn’t an apparent cause of hyperhidrosis. It is believed that the condition often stems from an issue with the part of your nervous system that regulates sweating. These cases are considered primary hyperhidrosis.
Usually, primary hyperhidrosis starts in childhood or adolescence and can either improve with age or be something that lasts for your entire life. There might be a family history of primary hyperhidrosis.
In other cases, a trigger (or triggers) sets off excessive sweating. When there is an identifiable cause, the condition is referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis. Many different factors can contribute to excessive sweating/secondary hyperhidrosis, including:
- Anxiety disorder
- Certain medications
- Low blood sugar
- An overactive thyroid gland
If your hyperhidrosis is caused by a certain (untreated) medical condition, you should see a healthcare professional for further assessment.
Is there a cure for hyperhidrosis?
It can be challenging to find treatments for hyperhidrosis, mainly because each case can be so unique. However, a combination of lifestyle changes and professional treatments can make a big difference.
For example, you can try:
- Wearing lightweight, loose clothing
- Avoiding known triggers (such as spicy foods)
- Choosing clothing that minimizes the visible signs of excessive sweating
- Minimizing caffeine intake
Using Botox for hyperhidrosis has become an increasingly popular option due to its efficacy and ease of use. If you feel like you’ve tried every possible antiperspirant and prescription medication out there and haven’t seen significant improvements, Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis might be a great fit.
You can see results in 10-14 days and enjoy a reduction in sweating for upwards of a year.
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