Keeping your body cool and eliminating toxins is the primary reason that you sweat, so it is a necessary part of life. The amount that you sweat though, should be manageable. If you frequently have bouts of uncontrolled sweating that soaks through your clothes, you may have hyperhidrosis.
Signs of Hyperhidrosis
Not every episode of high perspiration is a sign of hyperhidrosis. The key indicators of the condition are based on how frequently or how severely you sweat. The most obvious sign of hyperhidrosis is having sweat stains in your armpits that soak through your clothes. Hyperhidrosis may also cause sweaty palms and feet. The skin may look white or light-colored due to the excess moisture, much like when you soak your hands or feet in water for too long. The constant moisture may also lead to skin infections.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating happens when you have overactive nerves in your armpits, palms or feet. These nerves control the glands that release sweat and toxins from your body. The exact cause of hyperhidrosis is not known, but many believe that it can be genetic.
Are Some People at Higher Risk for Excessive Sweating?
In addition to family history, you may develop hyperhidrosis as a secondary symptom due to a medical condition, such as gout or diabetes. Many women experience excessive sweating as they go through menopause. Hyperhidrosis is most often diagnosed in teenagers and younger children, but it can happen at any age.
Can Hyperhidrosis Be Treated?
Hyperhidrosis can be treated by eliminating some of the glands in the armpits that produce sweat. At Seattle Skin & Laser, we offer MiraDry® treatments. The procedure works by using a suction to pull the sweat glands closer to the surface of the skin, and microwave energy is applied to destroy the glands. After just two treatments, most patients see up to 82% reduction in their perspiration.
Is MiraDry® Painful?
MiraDry® is a non-surgical treatment that permanently reduces underarm sweat and odor. Discomfort during treatment is minimal as you will be numbed with local anesthetic. An ice pack is applied immediately to the area post treatment. Some common side effects are swelling in the underarm, tenderness, soreness, and hairloss in the treated area. Icing is key to minimize discomfort.