When Sweating Becomes a Problem
For many of us, summertime means more sweat-soaked days. But there’s a percentage of the population that are constantly dealing with sweat, regardless of the season. Excessive sweating is a condition dermatologists refer to as hyperhidrosis. “Approximately 3% of the population suffers from some form of clinically diagnosed hyperhidrosis,” explains dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Fenton.
So what’s the difference between normal sweating and oversweating? “Those with hyperhidrosis perspire in amounts beyond what is required by the body to keep cool and they continue to sweat even when temperatures cool,” says Dr. Fenton. That said, those who suffer from hyperhidrosis often complain that the summertime is the worst season for their condition.
The areas that most commonly suffer from excessive sweating include the palms, underarms, forehead, feet, scalp and groin. Sweat-stained clothing can be embarrassing to say the least, as can sweat dripping from your forehead or palms. The good news is there is something that can be done about it.
Dr. Fenton advises patients to first try a clinical over-the-counter antiperspirant, such as Certain-Dri, which can be used on any of the areas where excessive sweating is an issue. If that doesn’t do it, Dr. Fenton then prescribes patients a prescription antiperspirant. “The key to application is to apply them at bedtime, when the glands are least active. This allows the medication to penetrate into the pores where it blocks the sweat, advises Dr. Fenton.
When the patient still wants more help with their sweating problem, Dr. Fenton will recommend Botox injections. “Botox injections aren’t just for wrinkles, they are incredibly effective at completely shutting down the sweat production in problem areas for up to a year,” he says. For those who are hoping this to be their last summer of drenching sweat and want help with your excessive sweating problem, there is a solution!
Dr. Jeremy Fenton treats patients out of Schweiger Dermatology’s Midtown East location.