Why Do I Sweat So Much?

Production of sweat is normal for our bodies in order to cool off after physical exertion, but many people are susceptible to excessive sweating all the time in a condition called hyperhidrosis. Sufferers of this condition sweat even when their bodies are at rest or not in any need of chilling. Not only can hyperhidrosis cause skin conditions and bacterial and fungal infections, but it can also contribute to anxiety and depression.

Treatments for excess sweat

The location and degree of perspiration will help your dermatologist suggest one or more of the following treatments:

  • Blocking sweat glands—Antiperspirants containing aluminum and calcium salts can be used to block the sweat glands.
  • Botox —This toxin blocks the chemical messengers in the nerves that trigger the sweating response. It can decrease perspiration by an astonishing degree.
  • Electrical stimulation—This procedure is performed by immersing the feet in a water bath with a little electricity. Many patients report a relief of symptoms from this treatment.
  • Surgical intervention—For severe cases that haven’t responded to other treatments, surgery may be advised.
  • Anticholinergic drug treatment—Drugs can also prevent activation of the sweat glands, but the side effects may include heart palpitations and possibly blurred vision.

Treating hyperhidrosis can be difficult, but an experienced dermatologist can help get it under control and absolve your anxiety. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.