Excess Sweat

Excess Sweat

Excess sweat, also called hyperhidrosis, is common and may affect up to 3% of the population. Excess sweating may also make certain forms of exercise difficult, such as yoga, weight-lifting, and rock-climbing. Most often, hyperhidrosis affects hands, feet, and underarms.

What causes it?

Excess sweat can be a side effect of a more chronic condition, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetic hypoglycemia, general anxiety disorder, or menopause. It may also accompany similarly annoying but often harmless conditions such as Raynaud’s phenomenon and excessive blushing. But often, it occurs in people with no other medical conditions. In these cases, it is genetic. If you sweat excessively, chances are, someone else in your immediate family sweats, as well.

What is the treatment?

Botox is one treatment for excess sweat. It works by blocking signals to the nerves that tell your body to produce sweat. Other treatments include prescription antiperspirants and topical creams and oral medications known as anticholinergics, which help reduce sweating.

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