Hyperhidrosis is a rare condition that causes excessive sweating on the hands, feet, armpits, face and genital area, or all over the entire body.
Causes of Hyperhidrosis
Most cases of hyperhidrosis are caused by other factors (secondary hyperhidrosis), including:
- Heart disease
- Hormone changes
- Blood sugar problems
- Certain medications
In some cases, there may be no known cause for this condition, which is referred to as primary or focal hyperhidrosis. This condition tends to affect both sides of the body and can occur on the hands, feet, underarms, head and face.
Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Treatment for hyperhidrosis depends on the severity of the condition, but may include prescription-strength antiperspirant or medication to help control sweating or stop the stimulation of the sweat glands.
Botox injections in the armpits block the nerves that cause sweating and can effectively treat hyperhidrosis for up to eight months for each injection. This procedure is not done in our office.
In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the nerves that control the sweat glands, or the actual glands themselves. This procedure, which is not done in our office, is usually considered a last resort to be used only after conservative methods have failed. Patients who undergo surgery may develop new or even worse sweating, a condition known as compensatory sweating, later in life.