Same Day Appointments - Text to Book (844) 994-2744

Signs You May Have Hyperidrosis


Free Aesthetic Consultations!

Appointments available. New Patients receive $50 off cosmetic treatments!

Stay in the loop

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know about our monthly cosmetic specials, articles, and updates.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Do you find yourself sweating for no reason? Are you constantly worried about sweat stains on your clothes? Do you have excessive sweating in your underarms, palms, groin, or feet?

If so, you’re not alone.

You might have hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. This condition affects about 7.8 million Americans and usually begins during adolescence.

Most patients have primary focal idiopathic hyperhidrosis, where the cause is unknown. Sweat is usually concentrated on places like hands, underarms, and feet. There’s no medical cause for this form of hyperhidrosis, but it is hereditary.

In rarer cases, the patient might have secondary hyperhidrosis. This often comes from underlying conditions such as obesity or menopause.

How do you know if you have hyperhidrosis? Consider these common symptoms:

Hyperhidrosis Symptoms

The main sign of hyperhidrosis is sweating without any clear cause, such as exercise or heat. Episodes occur at least weekly and may disrupt normal social activities.

Some common hyperhidrosis symptoms include:

  • Clammy or wet areas such as hands, feet, underarms, and groin;
  • Excessive sweating without clear causes; and
  • Sweat soaking through clothes.

If left untreated, hyperhidrosis can cause some serious physical complications. Excessive sweating often irritates the skin and makes you more prone to infections.

Bacteria usually collects around hair follicles and nails. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot are also common.

You might experience heat rashes — red and itchy surfaces on the skin. Heat rashes occur when sweat glands get blocked and trap perspiration under the skin. You can treat them with calamine lotion, cold water, or ice packs.

It also puts you more at risk of skin conditions such as warts caused by HPV and may worsen eczema conditions.

Additionally, hyperhidrosis has many social and psychological downsides. You might become self-conscious about your sweating and withdraw from social situations. Many patients worry about their body odor or clothing stains.

Living with hyperhidrosis can cause conditions like stress, depression, and anxiety. Due to isolation and shame, patients feel too embarrassed to socialize. Many don’t know that an underlying issue is causing their excessive sweating.

When to Call a Doctor

It can be difficult to tell how much sweating is “too much” as the judge is up to the patient. Yet, hyperhidrosis can make many everyday activities more difficult. You should consider seeing a doctor if any of these happen to you:

  • Difficulty writing or typing due to excessive sweating on hands;
  • Avoiding shaking hands;
  • Self-consciousness about your body odor;
  • Always changing sweaty clothes; and
  • Nervous about meeting up with people due to fears of sweating.

One-third of focal hyperhidrosis patients say that their condition interferes with their daily social lives.

You may want to wear moisture-wicking clothes, which pull sweat away from the skin. Traditional cotton or nylon clothes often absorb sweat and stick to the skin, which can cause irritation and acne.

If you suffer from sweaty feet, consider wearing sandals or breathable shoes.

Yet, proper clothing only mitigates the problem. You should consider getting treatment if you want a permanent solution.

On average, patients have hyperhidrosis for nine years before seeking treatment. There’s no need to suffer for so long with so many available solutions.

Common Hyperhidrosis Treatments

If you or a loved one are suffering from these conditions, you may want to seek one of these hyperhidrosis treatments:

  • Antiperspirant: Antiperspirants plug up your sweat glands with chemicals like aluminum chloride. Deodorant is a common kind of antiperspirant but won’t be as effective as a prescribed one.
  • Iontophoresis: This unusual treatment involves the patient sticking their hands and feet in a bowl of water. Then, the administrator passes a harmless electric current through the bowl. This method will temporarily block sweat glands after two to four 20-30 minute treatments.
  • Botox Injections: Botox injections help block the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. You’ll likely need several injections before you see results.
  • Anticholinergic Drugs: These drugs help suppress your body’s acetylcholine, the chemical which affects sweat glands. You’ll notice effects after two weeks. But beware of side effects like dizziness and constipation.
  • ETS (Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy): ETC is a type of surgery that cuts the nerves that communicate with sweat glands. Don’t use this treatment for the feet because of the risk of permanent sexual dysfunction. ETC is a last-resort treatment for severe cases where other options haven’t worked.
  • Laser Treatment: This method targets body structures without damaging tissue. It destroys sweat glands without many side effects. Laser treatment is safe and permanent, making it the most effective solution.

Should You Consider Laser Treatment for Hyperhidrosis?

Laser treatments can pass through the skin and remove sweat glands. They make micro-incisions so small that they don’t even need stitches. Plus, laser surgery is often quick and takes place in under an hour. You can usually resume work or other daily activities with no problem.

Two studies followed 33 hyperhidrosis patients suffering from excessive sweating underarms for six months. The patients had some mild bruises or discomfort, which disappeared after two weeks. After six months, researchers found that the patients sweat 78% less than before. This is a permanent solution that destroys sweat glands once and for all.

We here at Dermablue specialize in safe and effective laser treatments for all sorts of skin conditions, especially hyperhidrosis. We can assure you that your hyperhidrosis will be a thing of the past.

Don’t let this condition keep affecting your life. Contact us today and find out how we can help.

Dr. David LaMond, D.O.

Dr. LaMond is a nutrition, hormone and prevention expert. Drawing from his foundation and board certification in Family Medicine, he has created the core medical principles behind the blue sky concept of total patient care…




BOTOX® and Dysport are neuromodulators. These types of facial injectables target the muscles responsible for facial expressions. By temporarily blocking nerve signals, they relax these muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines caused by repetitive muscle contractions.


Cosmetic fillers offer a non-surgical way to enhance facial features and restore youthful volume. Since many visible signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss, fillers can help replace what is lost to help restore a more youthful appearance. We offer the complete line of Juvederm Fillers.


Aesthetic injectables are minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that involve injecting various substances beneath the skin to achieve a range of aesthetic goals. They can target aspects of facial aging, addressing concerns like wrinkles and fine lines, loss of facial volume, & uneven skin texture.

CoolSculpting® Elite

CoolSculpting is a proven technology that is safe and effective. It is proven to work extremely well and rivals surgical results with little to no downtime. Cryolipolysis, or freezing fat; gently and effectively reduces unwanted fat by up to 25% or more per session. Freeze fat & tone muscle.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a commonly used cosmetic procedure that utilizes concentrated beams of highly focused light to eradicate hair on various parts of the body. This method targets the hair follicles, damaging them to the extent that hair is unlikely to grow in that spot again.

Laser Resurfacing

Fractional laser resurfacing is the most effective laser treatment available for wrinkle reduction. At Dermablue, we brought the best possible technology for laser resurfacing to Asheville using the CORE CO2 fractional laser. Fractional laser resurfacing is the most effective laser treatment.

Teresa Powell
Teresa Powell
Everyone at Derma Blue was so nice and my entire experience was more than I imagined it would be. Thank you to the entire staff.
Barry Dossenko
Barry Dossenko
Wonderful attention to our needs. Great friendly service. Thank you
Carrie D
Carrie D
Everyone is the office is great. They make you feel comfortable no matter what you’re having done. Can’t wait to go back!
Stephanie Kelly
Stephanie Kelly
The staff at Derma Blue are nothing short of amazing. I always work with Jessica and she always delivers wonderful results and is very personable!
Walter Diaz
Walter Diaz
Always satisfied.

Schedule Your Free Aesthetic Consultation


Take the first step towards your aesthetic goals with our complimentary 30-minute consultation. Simply fill out the form below and a patient care coordinator will be in touch shortly to help you schedule your consultation.

  • Let's confirm your details

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know about our monthly cosmetic specials, articles, and updates.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.