Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which excessive sweating occurs that is not always caused by logical conditions, such as high temperatures or intense exercise. Those who experience this annoying problem may actually sweat through their clothing or have sweat dripping from their body while sitting still. Beyond being an annoyance, sufferers can experience a great deal of disruption to their daily lives along with embarrassment, self-consciousness or decreased self-esteem. If you think you may be affected by hyperhidrosis or want to learn more, we encourage you to get all the facts about the condition as well as its symptoms, causes and treatments.
Sweating associated with hyperhidrosis goes well beyond what occurs under normal circumstances. This excessive sweating can be experienced on the face, hands, feet or underarms and is expected to occur at least once per week without outside cause or provocation. You should seek medical attention if your sweating is accompanied by nausea, chills, fever or dizziness. In addition, you’ll likely want to see our team if your bouts of sweat begin to disrupt your daily routine, increase in frequency or occur regularly during the night.
What are the Causes?
The excessive sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis can be attributed to overactive nerves that trigger sweat glands when there is no stimulus, such as heat or nervousness, to stimulate that trigger. Such cases in which there is no medical reason for such activity to occur fall under the category of primary hyperhidrosis. Sometimes this condition can run in families and usually causes sweat to develop on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands, occasionally on the face.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is the classification used for cases of the condition that can be attributed to a medical condition or cause. Common triggers include diabetes, low blood sugar, menopause, nervous system disorders, infectious disease and overactive thyroid gland. It can also be caused by some medications. In such cases, sweating usually is experienced throughout the whole body.
Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Treatment depends on the severity and underlying cause of your particular condition. There are several medical approaches that are used to treat the condition. At RidgeView Dermatology, we are proud to offer miraDry®, a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to disable the sweat glands in the area. If you think you may be dealing with hyperhidrosis, see our team in Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake or Forest. There is help available for your condition thanks to this FDA-approved treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.