Diagnosing and Treating Hyperhidrosis

Diagnosing & Treating Hyperhidrosis | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Diagnosing and Treating Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that can occur seemingly at random, and there’s not always an underlying cause. Spectrum Dermatology is committed to treating hyperhidrosis, and it all starts with a proper diagnosis to rule out other causes—such as diabetes or hyperactive thyroid. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, here’s what you can expect during the diagnosis process:

First, your doctor will rule out any potential underlying causes. There are a few, such as low blood sugar, and depending on your exam you may undergo blood or urine tests. However, in cases where there aren’t any signs of underlying issues, hyperhidrosis is largely diagnosed via a conversation with your doctor. At Spectrum Dermatology, hyperhidrosis patients are asked about their sweat patterns, including which parts of their body are most affected, how these sweat episodes occur, and whether or not they sweat in their sleep.

Depending on these answers, additional questions may be asked. For example, patients might be asked if they carry any tools to help with sweating, such as pads or antiperspirants. Patients might also be asked about their mental and emotional state when it comes to sweating around others, or if hyperhidrosis has negatively impacted their employment. A person’s shower habits and how often they change clothes each day may also be considered.

In some cases, a thermoregulatory sweat test may be performed, in which a special powder is applied to the skin to gauge moisture levels in various conditions. With this test, patients with hyperhidrosis tend to sweat a lot in their palms. This can help diagnose the severity of hyperhidrosis.

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There are a number of remedies available, including natural options like antiperspirant or wearing “armpit shields.” Wearing loose clothing and shoes and socks with natural materials can help. However, for those with severe hyperhidrosis or who are tired of buying special shields or clothing for their condition may benefit from miraDry. It’s a permanent solution to excessive sweating that destroys sweat glands via microwave energy. Schedule your miraDry consultation at Spectrum Dermatology today by calling 480-948-8400.