Excessive Sweating, Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is basically excessive sweating that is not related to heat or exercise. For some people who experience this, it may cause social anxiety and embarrassment.  You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or can drip off your hand.

Symptoms

            Hyperhidrosis exceeds any normal sweating you may have when you exercise, are in a hot environment, are anxious or under stress.  You may have these episodes at least one time a week or more.

Seek Immediate Attention: if your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or nausea.

Come see us if:

  • your sweating disrupts your daily routine
  • Sweating causes emotional distress or social withdrawal
  • You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason

Causes:

People Sweat for a reason.  Sweating is your body’s mechanism to cool itself.  It is triggered by your nervous system automatically when your temperature rises.  Sweating can also normally occur when you are nervous especially your palms.

Hyperhidrosis happens when your sweat glands become overactive without physical activity or a rise in temperature.  In addition to stress or nervousness, the problem becomes worse.

Hyperhidrosis may be hereditary but no real cause is known. Sometimes excessive sweating may be a sign of a serious condition and can be related to or associated with other medical conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Menopause hot flashes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Infections
  • Heart attack
  • Low blood sugar
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Some types of cancer
  • Certain medications
  • Opioid/alcohol withdrawal

If you have any of these medical conditions, and are experiencing excessive sweating, you need to be seen immediately! Call 9-1-1 or stop in to see us.  This is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem.

For anyone experiencing hyperhidrosis there are things you can do; prescription strength antiperspirants, Botox injections, and in severe cases, you may need to see a surgeon to either remove the gland or to disconnect the nerves responsible for the overproduction of sweat. Our team can help you find the solution that works best for you and the best people to do the job right.

Give Rio Grande Urgent Care a call for any questions: 505.433.4493

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