Hyperhidrosis is defined as “excessive sweating”. It typically happens in the palms, soles, and armpits, or where sweat glands are present. It affects 3% of the US population. Men and women are equally affected, as are all races. Usually, there is no known cause for this condition, but it can sometimes be due to an underlying illness or medication, which our board-certified dermatologists will help you determine. The good news is this condition is treatable.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

There isn’t one specific cause of hyperhidrosis, but there are several factors that can contribute to it. Some of the causes of hyperhidrosis include:
  • Stress
  • Heat exposure
  • Anxiety
  • Certain medications
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid problems

Hyperhidrosis Treatments

Fortunately, there are many treatments for hyperhidrosis, including various over-the-counter antiperspirants (i.e. Certain Dri®, Carpe®, SweatBlock®), prescription antiperspirants (i.e. aluminum chloride or Qbrexza® wipes), oral medications (i.e. glycopyrrolate) and even botulinum toxin (Botox).
We offer all of these hyperhidrosis treatments at the Dermatology Institute of Boston. Our doctors can guide you to the correct therapy for your particular case of excessive sweating. Contact us today to get started!