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Excessive Sweating

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Worcester, MA
Excessive Sweating

Excessive Sweating services offered in Worcester, MA


Sweating through your shirt on an otherwise lovely spring or summer day can be an embarrassing and possibly costly issue. Fortunately, the dermatology team at The Dermatology Center of Worcester in Worcester, Massachusetts, specializes in treating hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating in response to emotional stress, hot temperatures, and certain foods. Learn more about excessive sweating and what you can do to dry off by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online today.

Excessive Sweating Q&A

What is excessive sweating?

Excessive sweating comes from a condition called hyperhidrosis. Normally, your body uses sweat to cool down when you overheat, which can happen because of the temperature in your environment or in response to stress and anxiety. With hyperhidrosis, your sweating is much more than the average person’s.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis that cause your sweat glands to work overtime:

Focal hyperhidrosis

Focal hyperhidrosis runs in families and happens because of a mutation in your genes. The sweating mostly happens in areas like your armpits, palms, the soles of your feet, and your head. 

Generalized hyperhidrosis

Generalized hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating from other causes, such as certain medications or medical disorders. It isn’t genetic, and your dermatologist can help you identify the underlying cause. 

What causes my excessive sweating?

There are many circumstances and factors that trigger your excessive sweating. While the main causes differ between focal and generalized hyperhidrosis, the two types share a few commonalities. 

You might sweat excessively in response to:

  • Heat and humidity
  • Exercise
  • Infections
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Certain foods
  • Menopause

In addition to the sweating itself, you might experience body odor and itching because of hyperhidrosis. In particularly sweaty areas such as your armpits, you might notice some skin changes like discoloration or cracks. 

How can I get rid of excessive sweating?

The team at The Dermatology Center of Worcester provides professional hyperhidrosis treatment to help you manage excessive sweating and avoid the embarrassment and stained clothes that may come with it. 

Often, a few easy lifestyle changes are enough to manage excessive sweating. The team might suggest changing your deodorant or wearing more breathable fabrics to reduce sweating. 

If changing your lifestyle alone isn’t effectively eliminating excessive sweating, the team at The Dermatology Center of Worcester can treat you with Botox® injections. Best known as a treatment for wrinkles, Botox works against excessive sweating by deactivating the nerve signals responsible for your sweat overproduction. 

Get effective care for your excessive sweating today by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online at The Dermatology Center of Worcester today.