Worried about how much you sweat? You aren’t alone.
Excessive sweating - or hyperhidrosis - may be localized (only affecting specific parts of the body) or generalized (all over the body). You may notice that you sweat more than others while exerting yourself or even while resting or sleeping. Excessive sweating is induced when nerves responsible for triggering sweat glands are overactive. While there are natural variations in how people sweat, excessive sweating has a number of underlying medical causes.
Sweating more than normal can be an inconvenience or an embarrassment. While it is a highly common condition, experts acknowledge that many people don’t take excessive sweating seriously enough. Failing to seek treatment for excessive sweating can impact your quality of life, but effective interventions can be life-changing.
Excessive sweating: What to do about it
If you believe you sweat abnormally or your sweating patterns change suddenly, you should consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. A board-certified dermatologist can identify the nature and causes of excessive sweating. Treatment for excessive sweating depends on the underlying cause of your condition. While most cases of excessive sweating are harmless, there are a number of underlying medical causes that correlate with it, including thyroid abnormalities or even infectious diseases. A dermatologist can help you understand the nature of your condition and assess your treatment options.
SkyMD: Online sweat specialists at your fingertips
Getting your sweating concerns evaluated by a dermatologist is now easier than ever! Based on patient submitted photos and your responses to a series of questions about both your sweating and your overall health on SkyMD’s secure online portal, your dermatologist will provide a detailed diagnosis and craft a personalized treatment plan to manage your condition. Your SkyMD dermatologist will work to ensure that excessive sweating doesn’t prevent you from living life to the fullest!
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Connect with your doctor securely from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Fill out a short questionnaire and snap photos of your condition.
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Learn More about excessive sweating
Can psychological factors contribute to excessive sweating?
Stress induced sweating is commonplace, and individuals affected by anxiety disorders may be prone to excessive sweating. Anxiety often contributes to episodes of excessive sweating an exacerbates symptoms in individuals affected by hyperhidrosis. Of course, the amount of sweat your body produces is multifactorial.
How common is excessive sweating?
Up to 3% of Americans may suffer from some form of hyperhidrosis. When localized, excessive sweating most commonly affects the underarms or the extremities (hands and feet).
Our dermatologists can treat a wide variety of skin, hair and nail conditions through SkyMD.