While everyone sweats when they exercise or get warm, if you sweat excessively for no reason, you may be living with the embarrassing condition of hyperhidrosis. The team of expert dermatologists at both the Boulder and Louisville, Colorado, locations of Boulder Dermatology offers diagnosis and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. If you’re tired of sweating all the time, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Approximately 2-3% of Americans have hyperhidrosis, which typically affects the underarms, palms, and feet. If you have hyperhidrosis, you may sweat all the time or your emotions and environmental factors may trigger hyperhidrosis episodes.
Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive visible sweating that can cause beads of sweat to form on your body and soak through your clothing. This excessive sweating can also turn your skin soft and white and cause peeling. You may also be more susceptible to skin infections.
Primary hyperhidrosis can affect one or more parts of the body and is symmetrical, meaning that you experience the excessive sweating under both underarms or both hands. You typically notice your symptoms when you wake up but don’t have signs of excessive sweating through the night.
The exact cause of hyperhidrosis isn’t known. Dermatologists believe there is a hereditary factor and that it stems from a neurological disorder, since your nervous system tells your body when to sweat.
Hyperhidrosis may develop as a primary condition or it may develop as a secondary issue linked to other medical conditions like diabetes, gout, hyperthyroidism, or menopause.
Everyone sweats. Sweating is an important bodily function that helps regulate your temperature to keep you from getting too hot.
However, if you sweat all the time for no reason, or if you sweat so much it soaks through your clothing when you get emotional, it’s possible you have hyperhidrosis and should talk to one of the dermatologists at Boulder Dermatology for help.
Your doctor at Boulder Dermatology will discuss your symptoms and medical history and may order some blood tests to determine if another medical condition is causing your excessive sweating. They may also order other tests like iodine starch tests, skin conductance, and thermoregulatory sweat tests.
Hyperhidrosis is treated with a combination of treatments that are custom-selected to address your specific needs. Treatments may include medications like:
Your treatment may also require more invasive procedures to target and destroy your sweat glands like microwave therapy, sweat gland removal, or nerve surgery.
If you’re concerned about hyperhidrosis, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.
*Individual results may vary.