What is hyperhidrosis?
If you have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you know how difficult and embarrassing it can be. Many patients find that the excessive sweating cannot be controlled with antiperspirants alone. They may find themselves wearing darker clothing or layering to avoid the noticeable "pit stains" associated with this condition. With proper diagnosis and treatment, many patients living with hyperhidrosis can find relief--and confidence!
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. This can be an extremely embarrassing and frustrating problem, as it can cause sweat to drip from the hands, feet, armpits, or groin area. Hyperhidrosis can occur at any time, but it can worsen in patients who are typically more nervous or anxious. Patients who are cool, calm, and collected may still find themselves sweating profusely, which is when they often turn to a dermatologist for answers.
How is hyperhidrosis treated?
There are several treatment options available for hyperhidrosis, including prescription medications and surgery. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology will help you select the best treatment plan based on your individual needs. Below are just a few treatment options that patients can consider:
- Prescription medications. Prescription medications can be used to treat hyperhidrosis. These medications work by blocking the action of certain nerves that cause sweating.
- Lifestyle changes. There are also a number of lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce the amount of sweat you produce. Some simple tips include wearing loose-fitted clothing made from natural fibers, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid situations that often cause excessive sweating, if possible.
- Surgical intervention. Surgery can also be used to treat this condition. During surgery, the surgeon will cut the nerve that causes sweating. This is a permanent solution, but it can be expensive and may have some side effects.
How do I learn more?
Chevy Chase, MD area patients who are interested in getting a proper diagnosis of hyperhidrosis with a dermatologist and take the time to learn about treatment options are welcome to contact Chevy Chase Dermatology by calling (301) 656-SKIN. Our office is located at 5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #830 and can provide assistance with this and many other medical dermatology concerns for new and returning patients.