Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating that isn't related to heavy exercise or an increase in temperature. Normally, perspiration helps keep the body cool, and sweating is triggered by nerves that tell the brain when your body needs to cool down. Stress and anxiety can also trigger perspiration. But in people with hyperhidrosis, the nerves overreact to stimuli, resulting in excessive sweating that can be heavy enough to soak through clothing, even with the use of antiperspirants.
Excessive sweating is caused by overactive nerves responsible for initiating the perspiration process. When hyperhidrosis occurs independent of an underlying cause, it's referred to as primary hyperhidrosis. When it can be attributed to a cause such as medication, an underlying medical condition or other factor, it's referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis. As with “normal” sweating, stress and anxiety can make hyperhidrosis worse. Sweating can occur throughout the body, but the palms, soles of the feet and underarms are usually most affected.
Secondary hyperhidrosis may be treated by addressing the underlying condition when possible. In primary hyperhidrosis or when secondary hyperhidrosis can't be treated by addressing the underlying cause, our office uses:
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