Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
- Hyperhidrosis facts
- What is hyperhidrosis?
- What is the cause of hyperhidrosis?
- Hidrosis vs. hyperhidrosis
- What are risk factors for hyperhidrosis?
- What signs and symptoms accompany hyperhidrosis?
- What health care professionals diagnose and treat hyperhidrosis?
- How do health care professionals diagnose hyperhidrosis?
- What are medical treatment options for hyperhidrosis?
- Are there home remedies for hyperhidrosis?
- Can surgery treat hyperhidrosis? What are potential side effects of surgery for hyperhidrosis?
- What is the prognosis for hyperhidrosis?
- Is it possible to prevent hyperhidrosis?
- Where can people find more information about hyperhidrosis?
- Sweating (Perspiration) FAQs
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- Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder.
- It can be localized to a particular anatomical area or may be diffuse, involving much of the skin.
- 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 medicines, iontophoresis, microwave destruction of sweat glands, Botox injections, and occasionally surgery.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder that produces a lot of embarrassment and unhappiness. Primary hyperhidrosis occurs in otherwise healthy individuals. Secondary hyperhidrosis is much less common and can be due to certain drugs, a variety of serious systemic diseases, neurological disorders, facial surgery, and anxiety. Of the approximately 3% of Americans who suffer from excessive sweating, fully 50% involve the underarms (axillary 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. Excessive sweat can have serious practical consequences, like making it difficult to hold a pen, grip a steering wheel, or shake hands.
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