The condition known as hyperhidrosis, commonly referred to as excessive sweating, is one in which the body produces more perspiration than is required to control body temperature. It may only affect certain body parts, such the face, hands, feet, or armpits, or it may affect the entire body.
Although the specific etiology of hyperhidrosis is unknown, it is believed to be related to either excessively active sweat glands or an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which controls sweat production.
Visible sweating, wet clothing, and moist or clammy skin are all signs of hyperhidrosis. In addition to causing social anxiety and other forms of emotional anguish, the disease can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
The use of antiperspirants, prescription medications, or other medical procedures to reduce sweating is often part of the treatment for hyperhidrosis. Aluminum chloride and other active components included in antiperspirants can assist to lessen sweat production in troubled regions. Anticholinergics, beta-blockers, and antidepressants are a few examples of prescription drugs that can be used to lessen perspiration.
In more extreme situations, doctors may advise surgical operations, Botox injections, or medical therapies like iontophoresis to stop sweat production in the affected areas.
A board-certified dermatologist should be consulted to establish the best course of action in each specific situation and to create a thorough treatment plan that tackles the underlying reasons of excessive perspiration as well as any associated mental or social issues.