Excessive sweating (medically called hyperhidrosis) is defined as sweating in excess of ordinary requirements for normal body temperature. It most commonly occurs in the armpits (axilla), but can also occur on the hands, feet, scalp and groin.
Hyperhidrosis affects more than a million people in the U.S. each year, which equates to some 2-3% of Americans. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis can sweat up to four times more than the average person. Excessive sweating primarily occurs in the underarms (called axillary hyperhidrosis) or the palms of the hands or soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis).
Hyperhidrosis is associated with significant impairment both at work and at home, both physically and psychologically, and leads to social stigmatization and embarrassment. Treatments are available and can be quite effective. Make an appointment today and regain control of your life.
Do I have Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that our dermatologists can help diagnose. If you experience any of the following issues you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis:
- Visible sweating: Do you regularly notice beads of sweat on your skin or sweat-soaked clothing while not exerting yourself?
- Interfering with activities: Does sweaty palms make it hard to grab items? Do you ever have issues where sweat transfers to a paper you touch?
- Wet skin: Does your skin stay wet for long periods of time?
- Infections: Do you regularly contract athlete’s foot or infections/rashes of the skin?
Do you have any questions about Excessive Sweating? If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists in our Los Alamitos or Agoura Hills office, please contact us for a consultation.