Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
What Causes Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)?Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a result of hyperactive sweat glands. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than is necessary. Yes, it’s necessary. Sweating cools the body, which prevents us from overheating. People who have hyperhidrosis, however, sweat when the body does not need cooling. Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. Most often, they sweat from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
To diagnose hyperhidrosis, a dermatologist gives the patient a physical exam. This includes looking closely at the areas of the body that sweat excessively. Dr. Adler will also ask patient specific questions, to help understand why the patient has excessive sweating. Medical testing may be necessary. Some patients require a test called the sweat test. This involves coating some of their skin with a powder that turns purple when the skin gets wet. To find an underlying medical condition, other medical tests may be necessary.
Treatment options are as follows:
- MiraDry for permanent reduction
- Sweat Wipes for Underarms through a prescription
- Oral Prescriptions
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