Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common condition. It can affect the entire body or only certain parts. Common areas that are affected include the hands, feet, face and chest, armpits, and groin. While it doesn’t pose a threat to health, it is often unpleasant. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help people with hyperhidrosis.
There is no set amount for how much is too much sweat. If you feel like you sweat too much and it interferes with your everyday life, you may be experiencing hyperhidrosis. For instance, you may have hyperhidrosis if:
- You avoid activities like dancing or exercise for fear they will make your sweating worse
- You avoid physical contact with others because of your sweating
- Excessive sweat is interfering with your ability to work or complete daily activities
- You spend a significant amount of time coping with sweating (frequent showers, changing clothes, etc.)
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Often there is no clear cause. It is usually thought to be a problem with the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling sweating. If there is an identifiable cause, such as pregnancy or menopause, it is considered secondary hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis can cause many issues like an increased risk of fungal nail infections, warts, and boils, as well as body odor, and anxiety over the condition.
If you have spoken to your doctor and ruled out any underlying conditions, you will likely be told to start by wearing powerful antiperspirants and loose, light clothing. Also, avoid triggers such as spicy food or alcohol. If these steps do not work, you may consider iontophoresis, Botox injections, or surgery.
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