Who Can Develop Hyperhidrosis?
Many people with hyperhidrosis notice their excessive sweating during their teenage years. Men and women can both experience excessive sweating, and it may be focused on different areas of their body. For example, some people may notice that they sweat excessively from their hands, forehead, back, or armpits.
Excessive sweating can also be caused as a result of other medical conditions as well as certain medications.
Types of Excessive Sweating
When it comes to excessive sweating, there are two major categories for hyperhidrosis: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis is sometimes also called “idiopathic hyperhidrosis” because there is no clear cause. In these cases, the excessive sweating in itself is a medical condition. People with this type of excessive sweating will notice that they sweat from specific areas – usually symmetrical spaces, such as both hands or both armpits.
Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is a type of excessive sweating that is the result of another medical condition or medication. For example, people with pituitary conditions, diabetes, hypoglycemia, gout, or menopause may experience secondary generalized hyperhidrosis as a result of their condition.
Treatment Options for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
While there are many over the counter antiperspirants, a stronger formulation of the most common ingredient, aluminum chloride, is also available by prescription. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat ducts in the armpits much like a cork plugs a bottle, and some people with hyperhidrosis have benefitted from prescription-strength antiperspirants.
However, so many people experience excessive sweating on their hands and feet, where antiperspirants may not be a realistic option. In these cases, oral medications may be prescribed to decrease your body’s ability to sweat and secrete liquid. These medications may also cause your mouth and eyes to become dry, so Dr. Ip will go over all of your options to find what will work best for you.
For patients who do not respond to antiperspirants, we also offer botulinum toxin (Botox®), which can be injected into the underarms, hands or feet to decrease the sweating.
By injecting the affected area with botulinum toxin, sweating will be reduced for approximately 6 months, making it an excellent option for many. Botulinum toxin can also be used to address excessive scalp and facial sweating! This is a highly effective procedure that is covered by some insurance carriers.
Leave your skincare to the experts. Excessive sweating is an uncomfortable condition that can affect your confidence and may be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. If you would like to experience premier dermatological care to achieve beautiful and healthy skin, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Ip today.