Excessive Sweating Causes and Treatments

excessive sweating causes and treatments

By: Dr. Masoud Abdar

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder which produces a lot of embarrassment for suffering individuals. The most common affected areas are the underarms, palms and soles of feet. Underarm excessive sweating starts in late adolescence, while palm and sole regions start earlier, around age 13 for most. Sweating is displeasing; it stains clothes, ruins romance, and complicates business and social interactions.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

There are varying underlying reasons to hyperhidrosis. It can be because of neurologic, endocrine, infectious, and other systemic diseases, but most cases are noted in healthy people.  Heat and emotions may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but in most cases, people who suffer from excessive sweating are those who are not affected by weather or mood fluctuations whatsoever.

What is the Treatment for Hyperhidrosis?

If hyperhidrosis is caused by a disease such as a neurologic or endocrine issue then the treatment of the underlying disease usually solves the problem. But in most hyperhidrosis situations, there are no health problems so it is treated in the following ways:

  • Over-the-counter antiperspirants
  • Prescription strength antiperspirants
  • Iontophoresis
  • Oral medications, such asAnticholinergics
  • Botox(botulinum toxin)-A, approved in the U.S. and Canada by the FDA for treating excessive sweating
  • miraDry
  • Lasers– they can target and disengage the underarm sweat glands
  • Surgery– a rather invasive option for those who wish to cut off altogether the sweat glands under the skin

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