Sweating is the body’s natural way to help it stay cool. People sweat more when they are in warm temperatures, when they are exercising, or when they get nervous, angry, or embarrassed. A person who sweats excessively and unpredictably may have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Here, we take a deeper look at this condition and how to treat it.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating occurs without triggers in someone with hyperhidrosis. A person with this condition appears to have overactive sweat glands. Primary hyperhidrosis is sweating that is not caused by another disease. Secondary hyperhidrosis is sweating caused by another medical condition such as anxiety, heart disease, or lung disease, or by certain medications and substances of abuse.
When to see your doctor
Excessive sweating can lead to physical and emotional discomfort. Many patients feel embarrassed by this condition, and about one-third say it significantly affects their quality of life. If you find yourself doing the following, it may be time to see your doctor for treatment:
- Changing clothes often because of underarm sweating
- Producing so much sweat that you soak through your shirt, pants, or socks
- Sweating even when it’s cool outside or you aren’t exercising
- Sweating so much at night that you soak your sheets
- Missing out on social gatherings due to sweating concerns
- Challenges with romantic relationships
With proper treatment, hyperhidrosis can be managed. For primary hyperhidrosis to treat underarm sweating, QBREXZA is a prescription anticholinergic medicine that’s applied to the skin in patients age 9 or older It consists of a cloth that you wipe across each underarm as directed.
If you feel like you’ve had enough with excessive underarm sweating and are ready to see if QBREXZA could be the treatment for your condition, call (480) 610-6366 for a consultation.