What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition of abnormal and excessive sweating, beyond what the body requires for cooling. Sweating is a normal and important function during times of exercise or increased temperatures to prevent overheating.
With hyperhidrosis, however, the body sweats regardless of activity or temperature. The amount of sweat is also excessive, leading to sweat-soaked clothing, slippery feet, and damp or even dripping sweat from the hands. Not only is this disruptive to daily life (imagine trying to use your phone with wet hands), but can also cause embarrassment and social anxiety.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Hyperhidrosis affects between 1-3% of the population. Typically beginning in childhood or adolescence, hyperhidrosis can persist into adulthood though it may not be as severe with age. Hyperhidrosis is thought to be familial.
Many patients are hesitant to speak to someone about their over sweating. Don’t be! For dermatologists, this is a common reason for visits. Adolescence and young adulthood is a time when confidence and social acceptance are especially important to patients. There are many treatment options (discussed below) that are effective, safe, and affordable. At Tenne