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Understanding Your Hyperhidrosis Diagnosis

Dealing with excessive sweating can be a confusing and lonely process.

If you’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you might ask yourself questions like what is hyperhidrosis, what does it mean, and how does it work?

Today, you’ll learn the science behind your hyperhidrosis diagnosis and learn about hyperhidrosis treatment options.

Why do you sweat?
First of all, sweating is an essential aspect to how our bodies function. It protects us from overheating and serves as a coolant for our body.

Humans have 2-4 million sweat glands all over our bodies, the majority of them in the feet, hands, head, and armpits.

Our sweat glands work by secreting a clear, odorless fluid (sweat) to control our body temperature.

Your sweat glands are typically triggered by the nerves. Your nerves can be incited by things like:

  • Body temperature
  • Hormones
  • Emotions
  • Physical activity

Once your nerves trigger your sweat glands, they will start producing sweat to regulate your body temperature.

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What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a common excessive sweating disorder that happens when people sweat even when their body doesn’t need to be cooled down. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the sweat glands are overactive and overreact to external stimuli, resulting in excessive sweat.

Although certain illnesses or medications can sometimes cause excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis usually occurs in otherwise healthy people.

How does hyperhidrosis work?

There are two types of hyperhidrosis.

Primary focal and secondary generalized. Primary hyperhidrosis is a medical condition, whereas secondary generalized is the result of another medical condition or side effect to medication.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options

The treatment that we recommend is miraDry®. miraDry® is a nonsurgical treatment that targets and destroys the sweat and odor glands in the underarms. It’s a long lasting, noninvasive treatment.

Once you get rid of your sweat glands, they will be gone for good and you’ll notice the difference immediately.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Little to no healing time – You can go back to work the same day.
  • Simple, safe procedure – The procedure only takes a few minutes.
  • Painless – A small amount of local anesthetic is used to ensure comfort, but standard routines and exercise can be resumed in a few days.

This permanent solution has no risk and the results are impressive.

Overall, hyperhidrosis can be a pain to deal with. However, when you have a better understanding of the process, treating your excessive sweat becomes easier.

If you suffer from excessive underarm sweat, miraDry® is for you! 

Nobody understands your condition, or the treatment better than Dr. Chung and his staff at the Vein & Skin Center of Hawaii

Get rid of your underarm sweat for good. Take the first step by calling us at (808) 949-8346 to make an appointment.