Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating of the underarms and other areas of the body. The body naturally sweats to cool down and prevent us from overheating, but people with hyperhidrosis sweat even when the body doesn’t need to be cooled. Sweat glands become overactive even when you are at rest or in a cool area.
Areas that may experience excessive sweating include:
- Head or Face
If you have hyperhidrosis, you may sweat in certain areas, or on both sides of the body. You may sweat only after waking up, or while sleeping. Symptoms that can be indicators of this condition include:
- Visible sweating, often soaking through multiple layers of clothing
- Sweat interferes with daily activities, such as difficulty holding pens, twisting doorknobs, or dripping sweat excessively
- Skin may turn white and soft or peel in certain areas due to skin being wet for long periods of time
- Skin infections result in parts of body that sweat profusely, such as warts, bacterial infections, athlete’s foot or jock itch
Hyperhidrosis can be caused by a multitude of factors. It may begin due to a medical condition, as a side effect of food or medicine, or as a result of an accident. Many people who have this condition also have a family member who suffers similarly from the condition.
Hyperhidrosis therapy involves the application of a weak form of botulinum toxin (or botox) injections. These injections are used to interrupt the signal from the nerves that trigger excessive sweating. Our treatment is FDA approved for excessive underarm sweating, and successfully used off-label for other areas of the body such as the hands and feet. Treatment can last for 4-5 months and needs to be retreated when excessive sweating returns. Complimentary consultation is required prior to treatment.