What is Hyperhidrosis and What Can I Do About It?

Posted on September 21, 2019 under Plastic Surgery

Hyperhidrosis is a fancy term for excessive sweating. Although excessive sweating may not seem like a big deal, those who live with it know it is. Unfortunately, we have a long way to go in curing and preventing excessive sweating, but there are some effective options on the market. If excessive sweating sounds familiar, then it’s important to know what it is and what you can do to make your quality of life better.

How do I know if I have hyperhidrosis?

Excessive sweating is usually disruptive to your day-to-day life. If you sweat excessively, it’s likely that you spend a lot of time trying to manage it with changing clothes regularly, using anti-perspirants, dabbing with pads and napkins, avoiding social situations, and wearing dark clothing. You sweat in everyday situations where it’s not appropriate, and may sweat even more excessively in situations where it is. When encountering people at your job or social life, you might worry about visible sweat or sweaty handshakes. Sweating may even hinder your intimate life. In short, hyperhidrosis means you sweat more often than you don’t, and it can be a struggle.

What causes it?

We aren’t entirely sure what causes hyperhidrosis, but it’s thought that the sweat glands become overactive. Normally, your sweat glands turn on and off throughout the day depending on the situation. In cases of hyperhidrosis, certain sweat glands become stuck in the ‘on’ position and produce sweat and odor far more frequently than they should. These sweat glands are stimulated by nerves, which may contain the cause of hyperhidrosis. Sometimes, medical conditions can cause excessive sweating, but it can also exist on its own.

What can I do about it?

miraDry® is one extremely effective option that has caused a paradigm shift in the way we treat hyperhidrosis. It can produce around an 85% reduction in sweating and odor caused by hyperhidrosis with just two treatments, making it one of the best options available. It uses microwave energy to damage the individual sweat gland mechanisms, causing them to cease sweat production over time. This is perfectly safe and effective— your armpits, hands, and feet only contain a tiny percentage of the 2-4 million sweat glands on your body, meaning your body will still sweat normally. This method even produces long-term results with a vast improvement in each patient’s quality of life.

Schedule a Consultation

miraDry can be a life-saver for many patients who struggle with excessive sweating and don’t find much relief. To meet with our hyperhidrosis experts and discuss your options for miraDry treatment, contact our Jacksonville Beach office by calling or filling out our online form.