Suffering from excessive sweating often impacts your everyday life. You may constantly worry about sweating or even carry extra items to help you manage sweat. It may keep you from social events or prevent you from choosing a preferred career path. Excessive sweating isn’t just a cosmetic issue, it is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis that can lead to emotional problems like depression, social isolation, and decreased confidence. Luckily, there is an effective non-surgical treatment option.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that leads to extreme sweating during regular activities that don’t typically activate the sweat glands. Sweating is a completely natural response to cool the body, and even though it can be uncomfortable, it is a healthy part of life. Most of the time sweating occurs in particular instances, such as during physical activity or warm weather. But for nearly 5% of the world’s population, sweating can occur at a higher volume and for no apparent reason.
Causes of Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is caused by the hyperactivity of the automatic stimulation of your sweat glands. When the body’s temperature rises, the nervous system automatically triggers the body to sweat in an attempt to cool off. Hyperhidrosis causes the sweat glands to become overactive, even when they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature. Stress or nervousness can often make the symptoms of hyperhidrosis worse. Profuse sweating is usually caused by genetics, but sometimes it can be a sign of an underlying health issue, such as:
- Thyroid problems
- Low blood sugar
- Nervous system disorders
- Heart attack
Taking certain medications can also lead to excessive sweating.
Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis
If excessive sweating is interfering with your daily activities, it might be time to ask yourself if it’s hyperhidrosis. Because everyone sweats naturally, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if it’s something more, but there are symptoms to watch out for. These include:
- Excessively sweating in the hands and armpits
- Sweating excessively for at least six months without apparent reason
- Having visible sweat that soaks through clothing
- A family history of excessive sweating
- Sweating from everyday tasks, such as taking notes or shaking someone’s hand
- Sweating that interferes with relationships or work
- Having painful or irritating skin problems as a result of excessive sweating
How Is Hyperhidrosis Diagnosed?
While having many symptoms might cause you to believe you have hyperhidrosis, it’s always best to be diagnosed by a medical professional. During your consultation, the doctor may recommend certain tests, including a urine, blood and sweat test to see if excessive sweating is being caused by hyperactive sweat glands, or another condition, like an overactive thyroid or low blood sugar. To determine the areas of excessive sweat, they may recommend an iodine-starch test, a thermoregulatory test, or a skin conductance test.
Many people with hyperhidrosis are diagnosed during childhood, as that is when the symptoms begin. But in some cases, hyperhidrosis is diagnosed during adulthood. This usually points to an underlying medical condition or could be the result of taking certain medications. If you suddenly start experiencing the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, it’s important to consult a doctor, as this could be a symptom of a more serious issue.
How Is Hyperhidrosis Treated at The Vein Institute of Hunterdon?
The Vein Institute of Hunterdon is proud to treat hyperhidrosis in the palms and underarms with BOTOX® Cosmetic. In the past, patients suffering from excessive sweating had to go through an underarm surgery involving the excision of sweat glands. But BOTOX is an FDA approved, non-surgical treatment to control hyperhidrosis.
By temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat, treatment with BOTOX stops excessive sweating for up to nine months.
If you are suffering from excessive sweat, it’s time to take back control. Contact The Vein Institute today.