When excessive sweating becomes a medical condition: about hyperhidrosis

July 10, 2018

Some people are dripping sweat no matter the situation, said Dr. Youwen Zhou, a dermatology professor at the University of British Columbia - even if they're not hot, or nervous or in any of the usual sweat-inducing situations. These people suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis, where they produce more sweat than is necessary to keep themselves cool. The Canadian Dermatology Association estimates around three per cent of Canadians, or about 950,000 people have hyperhidrosis. Dr. Anatoli Freiman, a certified dermatologist in Toronto, said that if people are sweating excessively, they should talk to their doctor. "It's important to seek a doctor to make sure there's no other reason for hyperhidrosis. A number of medical conditions, for example, thyroid disease, can cause hyperhidrosis. Some medications can do it. So it's important that patients get evaluated to exclude other possibilities."


Antiperspirants, even those available at the drugstore, can help with mild cases. Botox on the affected area, like the armpits, can work very well, said Zhou. "If you inject right in the armpit where people sweat, the sweat stops." There are also some medications, though they come with side effects. He's hopeful that newer medications applied topically, like a moist towelette just approved by the FDA in the U.S. to treat excessive sweating, will have fewer side effects because they stay on the affected area rather than being fully absorbed through the digestive system. https://globalnews.ca/news/4312699/excessive-sweating-medical-condition-hyperhidrosis If you think you are suffering from hyperhidrosis, contact board-certified dermatologist Dr Taraska for a consultation today at 204-474-1221 to discuss your treatment options.


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