The following questions and answers are meant to guide you in getting the medical help you may need.
Since hyperhidrosis is a medical condition of the skin, it is usually diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist (a healthcare professional who specializes in skin conditions). However, your primary care doctor may also be able to provide you with information and advice.
Right now, and don’t put it off! Diagnosis of hyperhidrosis is often delayed because sufferers are too embarrassed to discuss their condition with a healthcare professional. Studies show that only 51% of people with hyperhidrosis have discussed it with their doctor.
You should consider seeing a dermatologist when excessive sweating is getting in the way of your everyday life. Hyperhidrosis may be an issue for you if you find yourself changing your clothes often due to perspiration, or if the fear of excessive sweating stops you from doing things that you want or need to do.
Your dermatologist will examine the areas of your body where you are experiencing excessive sweating and ask you a number of specific questions to help determine if you have hyperhidrosis, which kind of hyperhidrosis you may have (primary or secondary), and what may be causing it. There are a number of treatments that a dermatologist can offer depending on the location and severity of your condition.
There are many ways to find a dermatologist near you, including getting a referral from your primary care physician. One convenient tool is the Hyperhidrosis Physician Finder from the International Hyperhidrosis Society.