What is Excessive Sweating?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Normal sweating cools us off, but excessive sweating can be embarrassing an unhelpful. People with hyperhidrosis can have a lowered self-esteem because it can even hinder daily activities, stain clothes, social interactions, and overall quality of life.
Excessive sweating’s symptoms are simple. It happens either all over the body or in certain parts of it, but symptoms differ between the two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary hyperhidrosis.
• excessive sweating in episodes once per week
• excessive sweating in specific parts of the body
• excessive night sweats during sleep
• excessive sweating in large areas of the body
To understand what causes excessive sweating, we need to get into the two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis is a result of your body excessively sweating on its own. Secondary hyperhidrosis is a result of medical conditions or medications. Here are some things that could cause each type of hyperhidrosis:
Overactive nerves signaling sweat glands.
Medical Conditions – There’s a large variety of possible conditions like obesity, alcoholism, or lymphoma that could cause excessive sweating.
Medication side effect - There’s a large variety of possible medications that could cause excessive sweating as a side effect.
The symptoms are simple, but treatment of excessive sweating can be complex due to the many potential causes. Having a professional determine the cause and type of sweating is important in receiving the most effective treatment option.
While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
• Coconut oil
Over the Counter Medication
While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Here are some OTC medications that may or may not be included in a treatment plan given by one of our dermatologists:
Antiperspirants – Over the counter with aluminum chloride increases the antiperspirant effects.
Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
Antiperspirants – Prescriptions may contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate which significantly increases the antiperspirant effects.
Oral medication – Anticholinergics in these medications suppresses sweat glands.
Post Treatment Prevention
After being seen by one of our SkyMD dermatologists, you’ve been equipped with the treatment plan and prescription(s) to treat your discomfort. However, disease can be persistent, so you have to be too. A skin care routine and a set of disease-preventing habits recommended by our dermatologists are essential for long term prevention. Here are some popular prevention strategies that could supplement your personalized treatment plan:
• Avoid heavy clothing trapping sweat
• Bathe or shower every day to prevent body odor