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Breaking Down Excessive Sweating


Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is characterized by an abnormal amount of perspiration beyond what's needed for temperature regulation, frequently occurring independent of exercise, heat, or emotional factors.


Why Do Some People Sweat Excessively?


  1. Primary Hyperhidrosis: This form of excessive sweating is idiopathic, meaning its exact cause is unknown. It often affects specific areas like the palms, soles, underarms, face, or scalp.

  2. Secondary Hyperhidrosis: This type results from an underlying health condition or medication. It's more generalized, affecting larger parts of or the entire body.

  3. Medical Conditions: Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, menopause, certain types of cancer, and other medical conditions can trigger excessive sweating.

  4. Medications: Some drugs, including certain antipsychotics, cardiovascular medicines, and anticholinesterases, can induce hyperhidrosis.

  5. Nervous System: Overactivity in the sympathetic nervous system can lead to increased sweat production in certain areas.


Managing and Treating Excessive Sweating


  1. Antiperspirants: Clinical-strength antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can be applied to affected areas to block sweat glands.

  2. Oral Medications: Anticholinergic drugs can reduce sweating by blocking nerve signals to sweat glands.

  3. Botox Injections: Botulinum toxin can be injected into affected areas to block the nerves that trigger your sweat glands.

  4. Iontophoresis: This procedure involves immersing the hands or feet in water while a gentle electrical current passes through, blocking sweat from reaching the skin's surface.

  5. miraDry: A non-invasive procedure that uses microwave energy to target and eliminate sweat glands in the underarm.

  6. Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS): A surgical procedure in which the nerves that signal excessive sweating are cut.

  7. Lifestyle Changes: Wearing breathable fabrics, avoiding spicy foods and caffeine, and managing stress can mitigate excessive sweating for some individuals.


Excessive sweating, while often uncomfortable and socially challenging, is a manageable condition. A range of treatments from topical applications to medical interventions can help those with hyperhidrosis lead more comfortable lives. If you believe you have this condition, please request a complimentary consultation today.



Excessive Sweating Causes and Treatments

Bedford, MA

Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition where an individual perspires more than the body requires for temperature regulation, often occurring without physical exertion or heat.

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