Young Black man smelling his wet armpit, close up, empty space, wondering if he has hyperhidrosis.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive and uncontrollable sweating and an estimated 1-3% percent of Americans currently overproduce sweat.  The onset is most often during childhood or adolescence.

Hyperhidrosis can occur under your arms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or on the palms of your hand and soles of your feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). While some people perspire additionally due to tense emotions and additional stress, those with it sweat constantly.

The main symptom of this condition is excessive sweating. But what causes this condition and how can you treat it? Our experts are here to explain!

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

Most of the time, this condition is neurological, meaning it stems from an issue with the nervous system and can be inherited. Sometimes there are problems with the endocrine system (chemical messenger system in your body) and even certain diseases can trigger hyperhidrosis.

How Do You Treat It?

Fortunately, there are a number of common treatment options:

  • Topical antiperspirants: either over the counter or prescription if those fail to control the issue.
  • Iontophoresis: a device that uses a gentle electrical current to pass ionized tap water through the skin.
  • Botox injections
  • MiraDry, a procedure that utilizes microwave energy to destroy sweat glands.
  • Lasers
  • Surgery: less often utilized

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