What to do about excessive head sweating

Excessive head sweating is known as facial hyperhidrosis, and the symptoms are very simple.  Anyone who frequently has wet, dripping hair and sweat running down their face is suffering from this problem.  Of course a certain amount of sweating is normal, especially in hot sunlight or during heavy work, but it’s usually pretty obvious when the head sweating becomes excessive. 

The causes

There are several different things that can cause excessive head sweating, so it’s important to think about whether you have other symptoms long with the head sweating.  For example, women who are going through menopause will experience hot flashes and lots of sweating, so it’s not uncommon for a lot of head sweating to accompany menopause.

Another very common cause of too much head sweating is thyroid disorders.  The thyroid glands produce hormones, and just like in menopause, a thyroid problem can cause these hormones to come out of balance with each other.  Any hormonal imbalance can also cause sweating problems.

Another major cause of head sweating is anxiety, although what makes this type of head sweating different is that the sufferer usually doesn’t sweat much in any other part of the body.  When anxiety is the cause of the head sweating, then usually the patient notices an increase in sweating on the head during very stressful times. 

It’s also very common for people to experience head sweating as the result of low blood sugar.  Low blood sugar can be caused by diabetes or even simply by skipping meals.

Treatment options for excessive head sweating

Millions of people suffer from problems in which they sweat too much, although many of them may not experience it so severely that it’s obvious to others.  However, any problem that’s obvious to you is one that certainly needs to be taken care of.  You should see a doctor for help with your problems because there are many available treatment options.

Some doctors may prescribe an anticholinergic drug, which basically blocks the actions of the chemicals which tell your body to start sweating.  The only problem with taking this type of prescription is that the side effects are usually numerous.  It is very important that you report any side effects to this prescription so your doctor can try another one.

The treatment which shows the most promise in dealing with sweating on the head is Botox.  Although most people know that Botox injections are used to smooth facial wrinkles, doctors have discovered that these injections also tend to block the nerves that trigger sweat glands.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience relief after just one injection because it often takes several before results are achieved.

Another treatment option for head sweating is surgery, although it is very rare that doctors will suggest it as an option.  Surgeons are able to cut the nerves that trigger the sweat glands, but this procedure should only be done in extremely severe cases of head sweating in which all other treatments have been exhausted.





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