What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is caused by excessive sweating in areas of the body that contain eccrine glands. Hyperhidrosis can either be primary, in which no known cause for the sweating occurs other than stress or anxiety, or it can be secondary to either medications or medical conditions such as thyroid disease, cancer, or neural disease. Primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis usually affects the underarms, palms, soles, and occasional scalp, forehead, and groin area and is very bilateral and symmetric. Hyperhidrosis can severely disrupt daily activities and have a considerable psychological impact.

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Who Gets Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Primary hyperhidrosis usually begins during childhood or adolescence and tends to run in families. Secondary hyperhidrosis can develop at any age and is typically caused by an underlying medical condition, such as an overactive thyroid gland, menopause, or certain medications. 

While hyperhidrosis can affect anyone, you may be more susceptible if you have a family history of hyperhidrosis; have specific medical conditions or diseases; take certain medications; are going through menopause; are overweight; experience high levels of stress or anxiety; or have a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system.

Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

Visible Sweating

The most obvious symptom of hyperhidrosis, visible sweating, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for many people.


The affected areas of the body may constantly feel damp, leading to skin irritation, fungal infections, and other skin problems.


Excessive sweating can lead to body odor, which can be unpleasant and affect a person's self-confidence.


Hyperhidrosis can cause stains on clothing, which can be difficult to remove and may require frequent washing.


Excessive sweating can cause discomfort, such as itching, burning, or tingling sensations in the affected areas.

Home Remedies for Hyperhidrosis

While medical treatments are available for hyperhidrosis, some people prefer to try home remedies first. Here are a few options.


Applying antiperspirant to the affected area can help reduce sweating. Look for antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride, which can be more effective.

Sage Tea 

Drinking sage tea can help reduce sweating. Steep one to two teaspoons of dried sage in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drink once or twice a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Applying equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water to the affected area using a cotton ball can help reduce sweating. 


Applying cornstarch to the affected area can help absorb moisture and reduce sweating. Sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch onto the skin and rub it in.

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Still Seeking a Longer-Lasting Solution?

If you want a longer-term solution to excessive sweating, our medical providers at Skin Care Doctors can prescribe effective, longer-lasting treatments to reduce sweating. Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) injections can block the nerve signal that stimulates the sweat glands. Laser therapy can destroy sweat glands in the treated area. Prescription medications such as anticholinergics and beta-blockers can help reduce sweating. Iontophoresis can help by immersing the affected area in water while a low electrical current is passed through it. Contact our office today to discuss a treatment plan that can work for your unique anatomy.

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