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Hyperhidrosis Specialist

Adult and Pediatric Dermatology

Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Forest Hills, NY

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can be embarrassing, but you don’t have to live with it. At Adult and Pediatric Dermatology in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, the skilled team of dermatologists offers several treatments for excess sweating to reduce the symptoms and give you the best quality of life possible. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Hyperhidrosis Q & A

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a sweating disorder that causes you to sweat more than most people. The excessive sweating might not be linked with exercise or heat. Sweating can be so excessive that it drips off of your hands and soaks through your clothes.

Heavy sweating can affect your social life and cause general embarrassment. Fortunately, treatment helps you sweat less during normal everyday activities.

What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

Common symptoms of hyperhidrosis include:

  • Sweating that soaks through your clothes
  • Excessive armpit sweat
  • Excessive sweating in your hands or feet
  • Sweat that drips off of your face

Hyperhidrosis happens at least once weekly during the times you’re awake, and it often occurs on both sides of your body. Complications that can develop because of hyperhidrosis include infections and social and emotional struggles.

What are the risk factors for hyperhidrosis?

If you have hyperhidrosis, nerves involved in sweat signaling become overactive. Risk factors for hyperhidrosis include:

  • Family history of hyperhidrosis
  • Menopause
  • Hot flashes
  • Low blood sugar
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Heart attack
  • Some cancers
  • Infections
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Opioid withdrawal
  • Use of some medications

The cause of hyperhidrosis isn’t always clear. Treatment by Adult and Pediatric Dermatology can give you the relief you seek, allowing you to enjoy life to its fullest.

How does my doctor diagnose hyperhidrosis?

To find out if you have hyperhidrosis and develop at treatment, your dermatologist discusses your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They complete a physical exam and sometimes run blood, urine, and other lab tests. They also run sweat tests to make a final diagnosis.

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

The Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team personalizes your hyperhidrosis treatment based on its severity and your preferences. They can recommend:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Prescription creams
  • Prescription antiperspirants
  • Nerve-blocking medications
  • Some oral medications
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Antidepressant medications
  • Microwave therapy
  • Nerve surgery
  • Sweat gland removal

Some hyperhidrosis solutions require several treatment sessions to give you the most effective, long-lasting results. Your provider could recommend more than one of these treatments.

Over time, you can expect less sweating and a better quality of life. If you have hyperhidrosis and want relief from excessive sweating, call the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology office today or schedule an appointment online.