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Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating—a person sweats more than necessary. While sweating cools the body, preventing us from overheating, people with hyperhidrosis sweat when the body doesn’t need cooling. Simply put, hyperhidrosis involves the hands, feet, underarms and face, usually unrelated to temperature or exercise.

Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat. What causes hyperhidrosis? Certain nerves tell the body when to sweat. It’s possible that these nerves overreact, causing excessive sweating. Many medical conditions can cause excessive sweating. These include diabetes and gout. A tumor or injury also can cause excessive sweating.

Rule of thumb: while it’s normal to sweat when you’re nervous or too hot, if you sweat for no apparent reason, you may have hyperhidrosis. But you’re not alone—about 3% of people in the U.S. have excessive sweating.

The Treatment

If excessive sweating interferes with your life, The Art of Skin Dermatology offers effective medical skincare services that can help improve the condition, including:

  • Topical treatments
  • Oral medications
  • Injections

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Botox can be used to relax the muscle in areas that are over producing sweat.

Laser Hair Removal

Women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens), and have fine hair above their lips and on their chin, chest, abdomen and back. However, if a woman makes too much of this hormone, she’ll have excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern in these areas. This condition is called hirsutism. In men, excessive facial and body hair is due to high testosterone. Both sexes can also experience a condition known as hypertrichosis, an increase in the amount of hair anywhere on the body or only in specific locations. The hair may be fine, light-colored and down like or thick, dark and long.

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