Hyperhidrosis is a sweating condition that causes you to sweat excessively even when the body does not need cooling. Those with hyperhidrosis usually sweat from one or two parts of the body – such as hands, feet, or under the arm – while the rest of the body stays dry with no sweat.
In general, we sweat because of nerves that signal the body to sweat, so it could be that those nerves overreact to cause the extreme sweating. About three percent of the population has hyperhidrosis.
You are more likely to develop hyperhidrosis if you have family members with excessive sweating or it you are taking a medical or food supplement that causes excessive sweating.
What are signs that you might have hyperhidrosis?
When you sweat, is it visible? Do you have sweat beads around your face? Do you sweat through your clothes? Do you sweat when you are sitting and/or inactive?
Does your sweating interfere with normal daily activities? Because of your sweat, do you find it difficult to turn a doorknob or does your sweat drip onto whatever you might have in front of you?
Does your skin stay wet from sweat? Have those areas turned soft or does the skin peel? Often those with heavy sweating also have skin infections in those areas.
Your dermatologist can diagnose hyperhidrosis by a medical exam, though sometimes a medical sweat test is required.
Your dermatologist can help you manage hyperhidrosis by using antiperspirants, and sometimes prescription formulas are needed. A more intense treatment, especially if the excessive sweating is in your hands and feet is iontophoresis. Known as a no-sweat machine it runs an electric low-voltage current through warm water with your hands or feet submerged. Botulinum toxin injections, or BOTOX, is also used to help reduce excessive sweating.
Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment plan for your hyperhidrosis.
You can help minimize eczema flare-ups. Keep your skin well moisturized by applying a cream, ointment, or lotion twice daily. If you can figure out what your triggers are, you can also help minimize your chance of a flare-up. Common triggers for eczema include certain detergents or soaps, sweat, stress, obesity, detergents, dust, and pollen. Frequent bathing or hand washing can dry out skin and make it more prone to an eczema flare-up.
Some easy self-care strategies to keep eczema flare-ups at bay include limiting bath or shower length and using warm water instead of hot. Always use mild cleansers and soaps and make sure that you dry off very carefully. As soon as you’ve dried off, apply your moisturizer.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends diluting bleach baths to help manage eczema or atopic dermatitis. Add about half a cup of bleach to a full tub of warm water. Soak for ten minutes twice weekly. Dry off very carefully and apply moisturizer.
Your dermatologist can diagnose eczema and help you manage it. Please contact your dermatologist for treatment care of eczema.