Sweating is a normal function of the skin to help prevent our body from overheating. However, if the sweating gets to the point of ruining clothing or interfering with social interactions, it may be excessive. This can cause embarassment and interfere with doing daily work. Hyperhidrosis is the medical name for too much sweating. There are several types, the most common being “primary focal hyperhidrosis”.
It means your sweat glands are overproducing sweat, but there is nothing else wrong. Sometimes it runs in families. It usually starts in early teenage years, and may be on the palms, soles, underarms, or forehead. Antiperspirants will usually help, but the best way to use them is to apply them at night to dry skin.
There are some prescription products available. If sweating is associated with emotion, there may be other treatment options. Even “Botox” ( botulinum toxin type A) has been used to reduce sweating in special situations.
Talk to your provider if you are concerned about excessive sweating.
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