Are you one of the estimated 7 million Americans who suffer from excessive sweating? The medical term for this is hyperhidrosis, and it describes a degree of sweating that is over and above what is needed to regulate body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis can happen all over the body or only in specific parts. The hands, feet, armpits and the groin area are the most active regions of perspiration. However, any part of the body can be affected by hyperhidrosis. The condition can start during adolescence or even before, and it appears that there is a genetic predisposition to the disorder.
Sweaty palms and feet can cause embarrassment and limit one's job choices, relationships, and ability to function normally in society. Excessive sweating can also interfere with everyday activities, such as driving, taking tests, and holding objects. The condition may make you avoid social situations, especially when they involve shaking hands.
The good news is that, in many cases, treatments are available to control hyperhidrosis. The treatments range from medications, to topical agents, and even surgical procedures in selected cases.
If you are concerned about your excessive sweating, call Valley's Hyperhidrosis Center at 201-634-5606