Excessive sweating, or “hyperhidrosis,” can be incredibly embarrassing and socially debilitating to people who suffer from it. Localized hyperhidrosis most often affects the palms, soles, and underarms, but also can occur on the face and scalp and groin areas. It’s usually a hereditary condition that can get more severe with age. People who have the condition report that even a slight amount of stress or nervousness or increase in temperature will cause them to sweat profusely. Therefore, they spend their days wiping their hands constantly, showering multiple times a day and changing their shirts every few hours. And needless to say, they have tried every anti-persperant and deodorant under the sun to no avail.
Generalized hyperhidrosis is an all-over-body sweating condition which is usually worse at night. The hormonal changes of pregnancy and menopause are a leading cause, but it can also by a symptom of an underlying systemic disorder, such as hypo- or hyperthyroidism, infection, diabetes and even cancer.
For both types of hyperhidrosis, there are treatments that can really help to greatly reduce or even eliminate the sweating. These include prescription-strength antiperspirants, Botox injections, medications if underlying medical conditions are involved, and nerve surgeries in very severe cases.