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Why Do I Sweat So Much?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes you to sweat excessively. Of course, sweating is necessary to regulate body temperature, and we all sweat at all times. In most cases, however, sweat quickly evaporates. 

Sweat becomes noticeable when sweating occurs at a faster rate than the rate at which sweat can evaporate. Estimates suggest that 2.8% of Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis. Of this population, half suffer from excessive sweating in the underarm area. Also, women seem to be more likely to suffer from this condition. 

To help you get a better understanding of why your sweat glands are in hyperdrive, we asked our expert, Dr. Jonathan Bernardini, about what causes hyperhidrosis and how the condition can be treated. 

Conditions that cause hyperhidrosis 

Primary hyperhidrosis and second hyperhidrosis are the two types of hyperhidrosis. 

Primary hyperhidrosis has no known cause, whereas secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by a medical condition or some sort of imbalance in the body. 

Sweating too much can sometimes be an indicator of diabetes, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disorders, or autonomic neuropathy. Women going through menopause also experience excessive sweating.

Getting tested is the first step in figuring out how to control your excessive sweating. 

Medications that can induce hyperhidrosis 

A number of medications can negatively impact your sweat glands. These include the following:

If you’re taking supplements or medications on a daily basis, ask your provider whether the medications you’re taking could be contributing to your excessive sweating. 

Treatments for excessive sweating 

There are a number of ways you can tackle excessive sweating, including the following:

For milder cases, Dr. Bernadini may recommend a special deodorant. Moderate-to-severe cases of hyperhidrosis can be treated with oral medications, injections, or microneedling injections. 

Oral medications are suitable for those who sweat a lot, but don’t have physically demanding jobs, as these medications can interfere with the body’s cooling system. 

Botulinum toxin injections are used to block the nerves responsible for sweating, while microneedling treatments can reduce the number of sweat glands in your problem areas. For severe cases of excessive sweating, you can also opt for the surgical removal of your nerves or sweat glands.

If you want to find out what’s causing your excessive sweating, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Parker, Colorado. 

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