- Visible Sweating
- Skin Infections
- Skin becomes white, soft, and prone to peeling
- Interference with daily life
in Fargo, North Dakota
Sweating is a natural part of the body’s functions. It happens when our bodies overheat, helping us to cool down naturally. Most sweating occurs when you’re working out or outside on a hot day. However, it’s possible to sweat all the time, seemingly without cause. This type of excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating. Excessive sweating is characterized by an unnecessary amount of sweat on areas of the body, which is not due to the need to cool the body. Many people sweat from a couple areas of the body like the hands, feet, underarms, and head. Due to this condition, skin infections, such as athletes’ foot, can develop. There are two types of hyperhidrosis recognized by dermatologists.
The first type of hyperhidrosis usually occurs in the adolescent years. This type can affect only a few focal points on the body. It usually occurs upon waking up and happens at least once a week. The second type of hyperhidrosis happens because of an underlying cause.
Dermatologists estimate that hyperhidrosis affects around 3% of the United States population. The exact number is difficult to know due to the fact that many people with this condition do not seek out help. This could be related to potential anxieties and embarrassment that comes with the condition.
The nerves that tell the body to sweat can become overactive with hyperhidrosis. Researchers say that some people are more likely to get hyperhidrosis if they have a medical condition that can cause the sweating, are taking certain medicine or food supplements, or have a family member who excessively sweats. Medical conditions that can cause hyperhidrosis include:
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Treatment depends on the type of hyperhidrosis you have. To diagnose your condition, Dr. Ness will perform a physical exam. This includes looking closely at the area of concern and asking an array of questions about your lifestyle and medical history. Once the type and cause of hyperhidrosis are diagnosed, you’ll discuss your treatment options. These include:
- Prescription antiperspirants
- Prescription Medications
Most people who experience hyperhidrosis are unaware that they have a treatable medical condition. If you fall under the category of excessive sweating, you can see your dermatologist to get treatment. To help aid this condition, it can be helpful to get an antiperspirant recommendation, wear light clothing, and avoid excessive amounts of caffeine, alcohol, and spicy food. Also, keep a journal of the times you experience excessive sweating with possible triggers. This can help Dr. Ness determine your causes during a consultation.
Hyperhidrosis can be an embarrassing, anxiety-causing condition. It may feel permanent, but it can be treated. Your first step is scheduling a consultation with our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Rachel Ness. To schedule an appointment, contact our Fargo office by calling or filling out our online form.