What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Do you feel you sweat more than is normal? You may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. This surprisingly common and often embarrassing treatment impacts an estimated 2-3% of Americans. The excess sweat can happen in the armpits, soles of the feet, palms of the hand, or all of the above. Below is more about this condition and what can cause it.

When Does Hyperhidrosis Develop?

When the excessive sweating occurs underneath the armpits, it is called axillary hyperhidrosis. This condition begins in late adolescence. When the sweating occurs on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, it is referred to as palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. This usually starts earlier in life, typically around the age of 13. Without treatment, the symptoms will continue throughout life.

On top of causing embarrassment to the sufferer, excessive sweating can cause more practical problems as well. It can stain your clothing and make it difficult to feel confident in social situations. Those with severe cases may also find it difficult to do simple things like shaking someone’s hand.

If left untreated, other complications can develop later on in life. You may experience bacterial infections around your hair follicles and between your toes. Other potential issues include warts, heat rash, and nail infections.

The Causes of Hyperhidrosis

Not too long ago, it was believed that excessive sweating only happened to people who were overly anxious or stressed. In reality, people are often anxious or stressed because of sweating, not the other way around. Recent research has shown that this is not the case. Instead, it seems to be something that is inherited. Many people with this condition have a parent or sibling who does as well.

Although strong emotions or high heat can trigger the condition in some people, many find themselves sweating during all hours of the day and night. There is also a condition known as “secondary hyperhidrosis.” This is excessive sweating that is caused by an underlying medical condition. Conditions that can cause excessive sweating include pregnancy, obesity, alcohol abuse, certain cancers, shingles, diabetes, gout, and more.

Diagnosing Hyperhidrosis

The first step in diagnosis is to determine whether you have primary or secondary hyperhidrosis (no underlying cause or an underlying medical condition.) Blood and urine tests can help rule out things such as an overactive thyroid or low blood sugar. You will also be asked about the patterns of your sweating and how it impacts your life.

Would you like to learn more about this treatment and what can potentially be done about it? Consider visiting Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN to learn more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!