Hyperhidrosis Specialist

MDCS Dermatology: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Dermatologists located in Manhattan, Hampton Bays, Commack, Plainview, Garden City, & Smithtown, New York

MDCS Dermatology: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, with a state-of the-art office conveniently located in Upper East Side, Hampton Bays, Garden City, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Midtown East of Manhattan, NY, diagnoses the underlying cause of hyperhidrosis for patients throughout New York. Once the cause is determined, the doctor administers effective hyperhidrosis treatment.

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What is hydrohidrosis?

Hydrohidrosis is the medical term for a condition that causes individuals to excessively sweat. Hyper means “too much” in Greek, while “hidrosis” means sweating. Hydrohidrosis is the result of overactive sweat glands (called the eccrine glands), as opposed to normal perspiration that can be caused by exercise or hot body temperature. Often hydrohidrosis is triggered or exacerbated by stress. People who suffer from this condition most commonly perspire from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. Often perspiration is so severe that suffers must change their shirts multiple times a day. While excessive sweating is a medical condition, it doesn’t signal a disease or drug interaction.  About 3% of Americans suffer from hydrohydrosis to varying degrees. These individuals are otherwise healthy, although the condition can lead to dehydration and skin infections, as well as, a foul odor.


What causes hydrohidrosis?


The actually underlying cause of hydrohidrosis is unknown, however, we do know that it is the result of a disorder of the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. These nerves signal the glands to produce excessive amounts of unnecessary perspiration. Though this condition often worsens with stress or nervousness, symptoms can also come on for no apparent reason. Hydrohidrosis is believed to have a genetic component. About 40% of patients who suffer from the condition have family members who do too. The onset of hydrohidrosis typically begins during puberty.


How is hydrohidrosis treated?

Treatment is highly individualized and may include a combination of remedies. Among these are:


  • Prescription-strength antiperspirants applied to the affected areas.
  • Topical medications that are applied at night.
  • BOTOX® injections administered in the affected areas. This minimally invasive treatment can block nerve signals that over stimulate the sweat glands. Sweat is controlled on average for about six months at which point BOTOX can be re-administered.

 *Individual Results May Vary

Common Sweat Problems:

Hyperhydrosis has been known to cause dehydration and skin problems such as infections secondary to skin maceration. These infections can be accompanied by strong odors. In some cases, individuals may suffer from sweating profusely. This often requires them to change clothing several times a day.

Most Insurances Accepted

A wide variety of insurances are accepted to cover the cost of consultations and treatments. If you have any questions regarding whether your insurance plan is accepted and coverage, please feel free to contact our office.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Medicare B
Meritain Health
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Community Plan
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