Austin Primary Care Physicians -  - Internist

Austin Primary Care Physicians

Internists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX

Hyperhidrosis Specialist
While many people aren’t familiar with the term hyperhidrosis, they’re familiar with the condition: excessive sweating. Sweating is an important function as it cools the body and prevents overheating. However, some people sweat when the body doesn’t need to be cooled, resulting in interference with everyday activities and even posing some health risks. Ms. Lindsie Peters at Austin Primary Care Physicians in Austin, Texas, provides safe and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis Q & A

Which areas of the body are affected?

Hyperhidrosis most commonly causes excessive sweating of the feet, palms, head, or underarms. These areas may drip with sweat while other parts of the body remain dry.

How does excessive sweating cause problems?

People who experience excessive sweating of the palms may experience embarrassment when hand-shaking or struggle to open doors or hang onto tools. Excessive sweating of the underarms can soak through clothing, causing embarrassment in social situations.

In addition, hyperhidrosis can put the patient at risk of infections, especially when it affects the feet.

What are the signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Visible sweating (beads of sweat, sweat that soaks through clothing)
  • Skin infections like jock itch and athlete’s foot
  • Sweating that interferes with daily activities

Is excessive sweating ever caused by a more serious underlying condition?

Yes. When excessive sweating is limited to one or just a few areas of the body, occurs on both sides of the body at least once a week, and is more prevalent during the day, it’s rarely a sign of a more serious condition. However, excessive sweating that occurs at night or affects the entire body may be secondary to a medication or condition. Conditions that may cause hyperhidrosis include diabetes, gout, frostbite, head trauma, obesity, menopause, tumor, and hyperthyroidism. Seeking evaluation from a primary care physician is the best way to rule out an underlying condition.

Who is at risk of hyperhidrosis?

Patients who have a family member with the condition, a medical condition that causes excessive sweating, or who take medications or supplements that can cause this side effect are at higher risk of developing hyperhidrosis.

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

Treatment depends on the parts of the body affected and the patient’s medical history. Common treatments for hyperhidrosis include prescription antiperspirants, prescription medications, and Botox injections. Botox injections are used under the arms to block a sweat-gland-stimulating chemical. Botox treatment takes effect in just 4-5 days and lasts up to 6 months.

*Individual results may vary.

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