Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Hyperhidrosis, commonly known as excessive sweating, is a medical condition where the body produces sweat in amounts that go beyond what is necessary to regulate body temperature. People who have this condition may sweat profusely even when they are not exerting themselves, and it can have a major impact on their quality of life, causing embarrassment and anxiety.

The most commonly affected areas include the underarms, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Excessive sweating can be managed with topical antiperspirants, but in more severe cases, other treatments may be required.

One such treatment is botulinum toxin injections, which can help reduce the amount of sweat produced in the treated area by blocking the signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. This treatment is especially effective for treating excessive sweating in the underarms. The treatment is typically performed in an outpatient setting, and the effects can last for several months before requiring a repeat treatment.

Another treatment option for hyperhidrosis is oral medications, such as anticholinergics. These medications work by reducing the activity of the sweat glands throughout the body, and they can be effective in treating excessive sweating in the hands, feet, and underarms. However, they can cause side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and blurred vision.

Overall, there are a variety of treatment options available for hyperhidrosis, and a medical professional can help determine the best course of action based on an individual’s specific case and medical history.