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Excessive Sweating

 Hyperhidrosis (hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis) is abnormally excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment.

How do dermatologists diagnose hyperhidrosis?

To diagnose this condition, a dermatologist gives the patient a physical exam. This includes looking closely at the areas of the body that sweat excessively. A dermatologist also asks very specific questions. This helps the doctor understand why the patient has excessive sweating. Sometimes medical testing is necessary. Some patients require a test called the sweat test. This involves coating some of their skin with a powder that turns purple when the skin gets wet.

Signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis may include:

– Clammy or wet palms of the hands
– Clammy or wet soles of the feet
– Frequent sweating
– Noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Hyperhidrosis treatment usually helps, beginning with prescription-strength antiperspirants. If antiperspirants don’t help, you may need to try different medications and therapies. In severe cases, your doctor may suggest surgery either to remove the sweat glands or to disconnect the nerves responsible for the overproduction of sweat.

The sweating can affect just one specific
area or the whole body.

Botulinum toxin injections.

Treatment with botulinum toxin (Botox, Myobloc, others) temporarily blocks the nerves that cause sweating. Your skin will be iced or anesthetized first. Each affected area of your body will need several injections. The effects last six to 12 months, and then the treatment needs to be repeated. This treatment can be painful, and some people experience temporary muscle weakness in the treated area.

Other hyperhidrosis treatments include:

Microwave Therapy

With this therapy, a device that delivers microwave energy is used to destroy sweat glands. Treatments involve two 20- to 30-minute sessions, three months apart. Possible side effects are a change in skin sensation and some discomfort. This therapy may be expensive and not widely available.

Frequently Asked Questions About
Excessive Sweating

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How Should I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

It is important not to remove hair by plucking, tweezing, waxing or using creams during the entire four weeks before treatment. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair and, thus, can be destroyed by the light.

What Should I Do on the Day of My Treatment?

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