What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that is characterized by excessive sweating that is not caused by heat or exercise.
What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?
The hands, feet, face, and underarms are typically affected. Those with hyperhidrosis experience episodes that occur at least once a week, and only while one is awake. The sweat can drip off or soak through clothes. In terms of complications, excessive sweating can make people more susceptible to skin infections.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
The nerves that are needed to signal the sweat glands are overactive in those with hyperhidrosis, making them sweat even when they have not been triggered by temperature or activity. Stress or anxiety can often trigger an episode.
This condition can also be the effect of another condition, such as diabetes, infections, nervous system disorders, low blood sugar, issues with the thyroid, menopause, some cancers, and heart attacks. At times, medications can cause excessive sweating.
How is hyperhidrosis diagnosed?
A doctor will ask about medical history, look for characteristic symptoms, and perform a physical exam. Lab tests may also be used. Blood, urine, and sweat tests are all common.
What are the treatments for hyperhidrosis?
If another condition is causing hyperhidrosis, doctors will work to treat that. If not, they may prescribe creams, antiperspirants, nerve-blocking medications, Botox injections, or antidepressants. They may also suggest procedures, such as nerve surgery, microwave therapy, or sweat gland removal.
A number of home remedies exist as well. These include antiperspirants, bathing daily, airing your feet, changing socks often, trying relaxation techniques, applying astringents, and wearing natural materials.