Excess Sweating (axillae, palms, soles)
Emotional factors commonly cause sweating on the palms, soles, axillae, and forehead at times of anxiety or excitement. It may be due to a generalized stress-increased sympathetic outflow. Although such sweating is a normal response, patients with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively and under conditions that do not cause sweating in most people. There may be other causes as well.
Treatment for excessive sweating can be done topically, orally or through injections. Topical treatments such as Certi Dry (over the counter) or Drysol (prescription) need to be applied often since our sweat glands are constantly being made. Oral agents can also be helpful but are reserved for more severe cases, as are BOTOX® injections which can diminish sweating for up to 6 months.
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