When it is hot outside, people sweat. It is just a normal part of how the human body functions. When a person sweats, heat causes the moisture to evaporate from their skin, which in turn lowers their body temperature. There are certain circumstances where sweating in a moderate amount can actually be enjoyable. For example, if a person is working out at the gym, jogging or playing a sport, sweating is a sign that they are working hard and that their body is burning calories.
There are other instances where sweating can be embarrassing, especially if sweating is caused by nervousness or stress. For example, a person does not want to be on their first date or on a job interview and sweat like crazy.
For most people, sweating is just a natural part of life or a mild annoyance. However, for individuals with hyperhidrosis, sweating can actually become a nightmare. This is because they experience excessive sweating. They sweat so much that they may actually have sweat dripping off their hands.
What makes the situation worse is that they don’t sweat because they are exerting themselves and they don’t sweat because they’re nervous; they just sweat because of their condition.
For 97 percent of the population, sweating is a response to exercise or stress. However, for the 3 percent of the population that has hyperhidrosis, sweating is a constant. This is because their sweat glands never shut off.
They sweat while they’re sitting in a cool environment and they sweat while they’re watching television at home. There are even cases of individuals sweating while they are inside a cold swimming pool.
For the vast majority of people, hyperhidrosis is frustrating but harmless. In some instances, it is difficult for doctors to determine why a person sweats so much. However, in other cases, the condition is a sign that a person is dealing with a serious medical condition that they will need to address with a physician.
Hyperhidrosis can be broken down into two categories. The first category is referred to as primary hyperhidrosis. This condition makes people sweat excessively from their underarms, their face or their feet with no reason.
The second type is called secondary hyperhidrosis. This condition causes people to sweat all over their body and is often caused by a serious medical condition or by the medication that they are taking.
For some people, the condition is hereditary. These individuals will have experienced the symptoms since they were children. Individuals who have primary hyperhidrosis may be able to find relief using over-the-counter medicines, BOTOX® Therapeutic or other treatments.
It is important for a person to determine the underlying condition as this will help them and our physician address it appropriately. At Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre in Delta, we offer BOTOX® Therapeutic as a safe and effective method. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.