What is hyperhidrosis?

What are the symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis affects around 2-3% of the general population, yet it’s a condition that not many of us know a lot about. Put simply, hyperhidrosis causes an excessive amount of sweating. Whilst sweating is a normal bodily function that is necessary in order for our body to maintain homeostasis, if we sweat too much there will be adverse effects on the human body, and on the skin. Skin conditions that might result from hyperhidrosis include eczema, skin infections such as warts, and painful rashes.

Types of Hyperhidrosis

There are two separate conditions which fall under the umbrella term of hyperhidrosis – primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis normally starts in childhood or during puberty, and the cause is still largely unknown despite extensive research having been carried out. Generally, this form of hyperhidrosis tends to affect the armpits, palms of hands and soles of feet, and occasionally the face, scalp, and other parts of the body can also be affected. Primary hyperhidrosis is often made worse by triggers for stress, or a warmer climate.

Secondary hyperhidrosis refers to the form of the condition that comes alongside a different condition. For example, diabetes, the menopause, obesity, an overactive thyroid gland, nerve damage, certain medicines and even a tumour might be the cause of secondary hyperhidrosis.

Getting help for Hyperhidrosis

Whilst both forms of hyperhidrosis can sometimes go away on their own, this can take a long time and doesn’t happen very often. Instead, it’s better to seek the help of a medical professional who can advise you on the best ways in which to treat your hyperhidrosis. There are a variety of routes to choose from for treatment. Some of these methods are simpler and more self-explanatory, for example, the upkeep of basic hygiene to ensure the condition isn’t made worse. However, there are also more specialised medical treatments available such as prescribed antiperspirants, anticholinergic medicines, iontophoresis, botox injections, and in more extreme cases surgical treatment might even solve the condition.

At Teledermatologist, we specialise in treatment for conditions such as hyperhidrosis. We’re passionate about bringing control back into the lives of people who suffer from problems with their skin. If your life or the life of someone you love is being negatively affected by hyperhidrosis, and you want to find out more about our treatment plans, why not get in touch today?