Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition affecting both men and women. Some people sweat more than others following physical exertion, which is common, though hyperhidrosis goes way beyond the body’s normal need to sweat.
If you think you sweat more than normal, take a moment to learn about the most common signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis before discussing treatments with your West Hollywood skin specialists:
Sign #1: You Sweat For No Apparent Reason
Sweating profusely under normal circumstances is perhaps the most obvious sign of hyperhidrosis. If you aren’t feverish, haven’t exerted yourself, and don’t feel anxious yet sweat excessively, hyperhidrosis is the likely reason.
Sign #2: Your Clothes Never Stay Dry
Excessive underarm sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis, and if you constantly wear dark clothes due to sweat stains, you likely suffer from this condition. It’s not unusual for men who deal with this problem to wear their suit jackets no matter how warm the temperature.
Sign #3: Deodorants Never Seem To Work
Do the strongest deodorants do nothing, or must be reapplied 10 times throughout the day? This is another sign of an excessive sweating problem.
Sign #4: You Shower Constantly
Is daily showering a must? Most can go a day or two without showering and still smell reasonably fresh. However, those with hyperhidrosis often find themselves showering every day to avoid dreaded body odors.
Sign #5: You Sweat Everywhere
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, it’s very unlikely your underarms are the only places you perspire. Sweating may also pour from the hands, feet, and groin, aka other areas where sweat glands are found. Profuse hand sweating often makes it difficult to drive, use pens and pencils, or work on a laptop. It may even make it difficult to walk because you’re constantly sliding around in your shoes.
Treatment For Hyperhidrosis
Botox is one of the most effective treatments for hyperhidrosis, and is available through your West Hollywood dermatologists at The Kopelson Clinic. The botulinum toxin blocks the release of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, which temporarily inhibits underarm nerves that stimulate sweating. The injectable toxin may be used anywhere sweating is an issue.
The problem persists or worsens, surgery might be required.