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Excessive Sweating

About Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a condition characterized by unnecessary or overabundant sweat production that is not warranted by environmental circumstances or physical activity.

For example, if you walk a few yards from your office building to your car on a cool day when you are experiencing no anxiety and end up dripping sweat by the time you’ve reached your vehicle, you may be experiencing hyperhidrosis.

TYPES OF EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Hyperhidrosis may affect any body area with sweat glands and can be categorized into 2 types:

  • Primary focal hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating in focused, specific body areas
  • Secondary general hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating in various unspecific body areas

Primary hyperhidrosis conditions are classified in four categories based on which body area they affect, including axillary (underarms), palmar (hands), plantar (feet), and truncal (torso) hyperhidrosis.

CAUSES OF EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Excessive sweating may occur in patients who have abnormally large sweat glands, as well as those who are genetically predisposed to the condition.

Certain medications, thyroid and metabolic disorders and hormone changes associated with menopause and pregnancy may also cause hyperhidrosis.

Possible Treatments

Oral antihistamines, such as Benadryl, are used to treat severe allergic itching associated with eczema, and oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, may be prescribed to treat acute eczema outbreaks.

Topical corticosteroids may be used to relieve skin inflammation and itching in the short term, however for long-term topical inflammation and itch relief, non-steroid immunosuppressant creams like Elidel or Protopic may be recommended.

Minimizing exposure to soaps and detergents, using gentle, soothing skin care products and keeping skin moisturized may also be an important part of treating your eczema.

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