Hyperhidrosis - Excessive sweating

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Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis, pronounced as hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis, refers to excessive sweating not necessarily triggered by heat or physical activity. It can be so severe that it penetrates clothing or results in dripping hands, causing disruptions to daily life and potentially leading to social anxiety and embarrassment. If you reside in the western suburbs of Chicago and are experiencing hyperhidrosis or suspect you may have its symptoms, Oak Dermatology, with clinics in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL, is celebrated for its specialized proficiency in treating hyperhidrosis.

What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

The primary symptom of hyperhidrosis is profuse sweating, extending beyond what is typical for hot environments, physical activity, or emotional tension. This form of hyperhidrosis, commonly impacting the hands, feet, underarms, or face, manifests with at least one occurrence per week during waking hours, often affecting both sides of the body.

If you're encountering symptoms indicative of bothersome sweat, seeking guidance from a specialist is crucial. All providers at Oak Dermatology possess expertise in diagnosing and addressing this condition, delivering empathetic support and cutting-edge treatment modalities.

What are the common causes behind hyperhidrosis?

Sweating serves as the body's natural cooling mechanism, with the nervous system activating sweat glands automatically when body temperature increases. Additionally, sweating, particularly on the palms, can occur during nervousness. Primary hyperhidrosis stems from flawed nerve signals prompting eccrine sweat glands to become excessively active. This condition typically affects areas like the palms, soles of the feet, underarms, and occasionally the face. Its origin is often familial, without any discernible medical cause.

Secondary hyperhidrosis arises from an underlying medical condition or the usage of specific medications, including pain relievers, antidepressants, and certain diabetes and hormonal drugs. This variant can induce widespread sweating throughout the body and may be linked to conditions such as diabetes, menopausal hot flashes, thyroid issues, certain cancers, nervous system disorders, and infections. For more tailored lifestyle recommendations, make an appointment with one of Oak Dermatology’s skilled providers in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL.

How lifestyle influences hyperhidrosis

Managing sweating and body odor can involve several strategies, such as using antiperspirants with 6% to 20% aluminum chloride to temporarily obstruct sweat pores, opting for shoes and socks crafted from natural materials to enhance breathability and prevent sweaty feet, ensuring dryness by changing socks or hose daily, choosing moisture-wicking athletic socks for physical activity, selecting clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton, wool, and silk, and considering fabrics designed to draw moisture away from the skin during vigorous activities.

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What are the best treatment options for hyperhidrosis?

Addressing hyperhidrosis often begins with managing the underlying cause, if identifiable. In cases where no specific cause is found, treatment revolves around regulating excessive sweating. These options encompass topical remedies, oral medications, and advanced therapies such as BOTOX® injections, tailored to the intensity and site of sweating. A recent addition to their offerings is Brella™, an underarm SweatControl Patch™ designed to address excessive underarm sweating. Oak Dermatology also offers miraDry® treatment which is the only permanent treatment for excessive sweating. miraDry® directly targets the underlying cause of hyperhidrosis by utilizing thermal energy to eradicate sweat glands permanently and notably decrease perspiration, odor, and hair.

How can you manage hyperhidrosis?

Many individuals experiencing excessive sweating may not realize they have a treatable medical condition. Seeking guidance from an experienced dermatologic provider is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Before your appointment, prepare by considering questions such as a family history of excessive sweating, and sweating patterns, and identifying your triggers. Thinking through these questions before your appointment can optimize the consultation. If excessive sweating affects your life, don't let it dictate your well-being. Reach out to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced providers.

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