Hyperhidrosis: What Is It & How Can It Be Treated?


Sweating is a normal part of life. It’s the body’s normal way to cool itself and maintain a healthy internal temperature. Usually, sweating occurs when people are in an environment that is too hot or during exercise. However, for some people sweating occurs without any trigger — and in quantities that are noticeable and even embarrassing. For some people, water marks may soak the underarm areas of their clothing even while they are resting comfortably. For others, it means their hands become drenched when they reach to shake hands. These people suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis.

There are two forms of hyperhidrosis. In focal primary focal hyperhidrosis, the areas affected are typically the axillae, palms, and soles. This form typically begins in adolescence. The second form, secondary generalized hyperhidrosis, is triggered by some other underlying medical condition.

Several effective treatments are available for hyperhidrosis. Prescription strength antiperspirants may provide significant relief. Injections with BOTOX are highly effective, long-lasting, and covered by most insurance. Oral medication is often effective. Tapwater iontophoresis is a drug-free, nonsurgical way to treat hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. For the most severe cases, neurosurgery may be considered.

Effectively treatment for hyperhidrosis restores comfort and self-confidence. These are goals that Windsor Dermatology continually strives for when treating this and any other dermatological condition.

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