December 2, 2015
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Hyperhidrosis facts

  • Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder.
  • Axillary hyperhidrosis is excess sweating of the underarms.
  • Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis is excess sweating of the palms and soles.
  • Hyperhidrosis usually occurs in people who are otherwise healthy.
  • The approach to treating hyperhidrosis generally proceeds from over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirants to prescription antiperspirants, anticholinergic medications, iontophoresis, microwave destruction of sweat glands, Botox, and surgery.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder that produces a lot of unhappiness. A small percentage of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Underarm problems tend to start around puberty, while palm and sole sweating may begin earlier, often during childhood. Untreated, these problems may continue throughout life.

Sweating is embarrassing, stains clothes, and may complicate business and social interactions. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences, like making it difficult to hold a pen, grip a steering wheel, or shake hands.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2015


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