Effectively Reduce Heavy Sweating at Our Akron, Ohio, Area Practice
Sweating throughout the day is typically unavoidable. However, if you’ve experienced profuse sweating for prolonged periods of time, resulting in a problem that gets in the way of daily activities, this may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Dr. David Hartman regularly treats patients who are affected by hyperhidrosis in the Ohio area, working with them to develop solutions to stop the steady stream of moisture and odor.
Perspiration may occur in response to hot weather, physical activity, or emotional stress. Like it or not, sweating is a natural biological process that allows the body to regulate its temperature, cooling down as moisture evaporates from surface of the skin. Constant and excessive sweating, however, can lead to conditions that create issues no matter the time or temperature. Soaking shirts can be visually embarrassing and physically uncomfortable.
Have questions or concerns about hyperhidrosis? Ohio’s Fine Arts Skin and Laser Facial Plastic Surgery is here to help. To contact the practice directly, call 330-364-5656 or book a private consultation.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Millions of Americans suffer from a disorder defined by abnormal, excessive sweating: hyperhidrosis. It can manifest in select areas of the body—such as the palms, feet, face, and underarms—or all over. This condition causes a heavy amount of perspiration, even when the body does not require it.
The condition is not life threatening, but it can cause distress and negatively influence the sufferer’s quality of life. People with excessive sweating may also be more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections due to consistently moist and human conditions.
Signs and Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis
The sweating experienced by people with hyperhidrosis is usually much more intense than average. The problem typically starts early in life, before the age of 25. If you’ve had at least weekly episodes of unusually excessive perspiration for a period of longer than six months, this is typically a red flag. The flare-ups may happen at night or may get in in the way of normal daily activities, since having clammy, wet hands can make it difficult to grip a steering wheel or hold a pen.
What Are the Causes of Hyperhidrosis?
Physical tests and an assessment of your medical history can help to determine what type of condition you have while uncovering potential root causes.
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis:
Primary focal hyperhidrosis has no known medical cause and affects specific areas, such as the hands and feet, of people who are in otherwise good overall health. However, it is believed that this form of hyperhidrosis may be linked to genetics and tends to run in families. Some experts also believe that anxiety plays a role.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is directly linked to a separate medical condition (such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, gout, or obesity) and results in sweating over a large area of the body.
Treatments for Hyperhidrosis
The good news is that even if prescription antiperspirants or deodorants aren’t correcting the problem, it’s possible to address hyperhidrosis through surgery or to alleviate the symptoms with minimally invasive nonsurgical procedures, such as BOTOX® or laser treatments. When injected into the target area, BOTOX® stops sweat glands from activating for months at a time. Laser treatments involve using focused heat to disable underarm sweat glands.
Talk to the Fine Arts Skin & Laser team to determine which treatment is best for you.