What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

What Causes Hyperhidrosis? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a medical condition that affects millions of people—but a lot of people don’t like to talk about it. There are options available, including the miraDry treatment available at Spectrum Dermatology which drastically and permanently reduces sweating in targeted areas. However, understanding what hyperhidrosis is and getting a diagnosis are the first steps towards de-stigmatizing this condition and treating it.

Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening condition, but it’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, and can cause mental trauma. Usually, it begins in adolescence and is most common on the face, hands, feet, groin, and armpits. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: focal and generalized. Focal hyperhidrosis is localized to key areas, while generalized hyperhidrosis affects the whole body. Underlying issues or medications may be the root cause, but most of the time there’s no apparent reason for hyperhidrosis (known as idiopathic). Underlying causes of hyperhidrosis can include menopause, obesity, a tumor, gout, diabetes, or an overactive thyroid. It’s important to diagnose and treat any underlying conditions because, in these cases, hyperhidrosis is a symptom.

The severity of hyperhidrosis can vary greatly from person to person, and can be so severe that it affects a person’s relationships, emotional well-being, activities, and self-image. By definition, hyperhidrosis is sweat that is so excessive it interferes with your normal activities. These episodes happen at least once per week. Hyperhidrosis symptoms can include clammy hands or feet, sweat that soaks through clothing when you’re not exercising, related skin issues like bacterial infections, worries over stained clothes, changing clothes throughout the day or wearing only dark clothes to avoid stains, and being reluctant to be physically intimate with people.

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Those with hyperhidrosis usually have a number of “tricks” to avoid excessive sweating or hide the signs. For instance, placing napkins in the armpits can be an effective but annoying way to keep sweat stains at bay. Fortunately, there’s another option. miraDry uses microwave technology to destroy targeted sweat glands for good, resulting in permanent minimized sweat. To learn more about miraDry and schedule a consultation, contact Spectrum Dermatology today.