Hyperhidrosis—the condition of excessive sweating. Those who suffer from it sweat profusely regardless of temperature, physical exertion, or nervousness. As a result, they are often left with cold, sweaty palms, stained clothing, body odor, and social embarrassment.
This disabling condition is socially limiting. It restricts occupational choices and hinders professional advancement. No one should have to suffer through experiences like these—and they don’t have to. With the treatments offered at Premier Dermatology, hyperhidrosis sufferers can become sweat and worry free.
Matthew talks about his history with excessive sweating and his personal journey overcoming this condition with Dr. Matthew Kelleher’s help.
Matthew recounts his experiences with hyperhidrosis.
Axillary hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating of the underarms, medically referred to as the axillae. Those who suffer from it often sweat through their clothing, ruining their shirts and creating body odor. In an effort to hide their condition, they often wear dark clothes and multiple layers and will change throughout the day.
Palmar hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating of the hands, a condition that can have significant impact upon one’s professional life. Shaking hands becomes difficult, leading sufferers to either avoid this entirely or shake hands weakly so to avoid palm-to-palm contact. It has a particularly significant impact upon those who work with their hands: using tools, instruments, and paper can be difficult, if not impossible. Likewise, palmar hyperhidrosis limits hobbies, making difficult any that require one’s hands.
Plantar hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating of the feet. Unlike axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis, plantar hyperhidrosis is easier to hide and is less limiting. Most often it restricts shoe choices because the excessive sweating causes slipping and leaves shoes stained. Plantar hyperhidrosis can also cause severe foot odor and lead to bacterial and fungal infections of the feet.
Achieving the best results
There are three main options for treating primary focal hyperhidrosis—prescription antiperspirants, Botox® treatments, and liposculpture of the underarms. The chart below describes and compares these three options.