You sweat because your body needs to cool itself off when the temperature is hot or after strenuous exercise. However, if you sweat excessively even though it’s not hot and you haven’t been exercising, then you may have a condition referred to as hyperhidrosis. At Veinity MD, board-certified general and thoracic surgeon Peter Vajtai, MD, offers treatment for hyperhidrosis to reduce your sweating and improve your quality of life. If you located in the Las Vegas Valley, call the office to book an appointment today.
Hyperhidrosis Q & A
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which your body sweats excessively without being triggered by heat or activity. You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothing and drips down your hands, which can affect your emotional health and cause you to limit your time with friends and family members.
The excessive sweating of hyperhidrosis usually occurs on the hands, feet, underarms, or face at least once a week while you’re awake.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis develops due to an overactive sympathetic nerve. Your sympathetic nerves are responsible for triggering the sweat glands that help cool you off when your body temperature rises.
With hyperhidrosis, your body triggers the sympathetic nerve even when your body temperature isn’t elevated, resulting in excessive sweating. Nervousness and stress can worsen your sweating.
You may be at a higher risk of hyperhidrosis if it runs in your family. The condition can also develop from an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, menopause, or problems with your thyroid.
In addition to the emotional effects of hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating also increases your risk of developing a skin infection.
What are the treatments for hyperhidrosis?
If a medical condition is causing your hyperhidrosis, then initial treatments may focus on the underlying medical cause. However, if you continue to sweat excessively, prescription antiperspirants or creams may be added to your treatment plan.
Finding the most effective treatment to control your hyperhidrosis may take some trial and error, and you may require more than one treatment to get the best results.
After your consultation, Dr. Vajtai may recommend a surgical procedure called a video-assisted thoracic surgery (VAT) sympathectomy.
Hyperhidrosis is an embarrassing medical condition, but it can be controlled with the right treatment. To learn more about your treatment options at Veinity MD, call the office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Vajtai today.