We all sweat. It’s the body’s way of cooling and preventing itself from overheating. People living with hyperhidrosis, however, sweat when the body doesn’t necessarily need cooling. Their sweat is excessive, often visible to others and usually occurs without physical exertion or extreme heat.

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which excessive sweating occurs beyond what is needed to maintain normal body temperature. Excessive sweating can occur in the hands, feet, underarms, face, or head and it often interferes with everyday activities.

While many people don’t initially talk to their doctor about excessive sweating, it’s relatively common with more than 15 million people in the United States having hyperhidrosis.

Research shows that Hyperhidrosis is associated with an increased prevalence of anxiety and depression. Understandably, excessive sweating can be embarrassing and interfere with everyday activities at school, work, and other social situations. People who suffer from excessive sweating constantly worry about how much they sweat and spend hours each day dealing with sweat. Hyperhidrosis often leads to secondary anxiety, depression and isolation.

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

The main reason we sweat is to control our body temperature. Sensors/receptors in our skin can detect changes in temperature and relay signals to our brain when we exercise or when environmental temperatures rise. In turn, our brain signals the sweat glands that it’s time to start producing sweat. As sweat evaporates from the skin, it has a cooling effect on the body. In people with hyperhidrosis, it is believed that overstimulation of nerve fibers in sweat glands causes excessive sweating.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options

There are many ways to treat hyperhidrosis.

Treatments can include:

Antiperspirants

A solid, gel, or spray substance that is applied to the underarms, hands, feet, or hairline. Antiperspirants form a gel plug, blocking the duct of a sweat gland and prevents the sweat from reaching the surface of the skin.

Thermolysis

Using targeted microwaves or lasers, this treatment causes the destruction of sweat glands through localized heating.

Medications

Medications help inhibit the signaling pathway of sweat glands and block the body’s ability to produce sweat in localized areas or temporarily block the chemical signaling that stimulates sweat glands. They can be taken as oral medication, or a series of multiple injections.

Iontophoresis

Includes the use of home-made or purchased devices that have been shown to be effective in reducing palmoplantar (hands and feet) hyperhidrosis by submerging hands or feet in water and running a low-level current through the device. This results in the sweat glands producing less sweat and seems to be fairly safe.

A surgical procedure can remove the nerves that innervate sweat glands from the underarms or palms of the hands. But it is considered a costly and risky procedure.

Surgical Procedures

A surgical procedure can remove the nerves that innervate sweat glands from the underarms or palms of the hands. But it is considered a costly and risky procedure.

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References:
1. www.webmd.com
2. www.healthline.com