Sweat is produced by two types of glands that reside just below the surface of this skin: eccrine and apocrine. Though everyone is born with eccrine glands, apocrine glands appear during puberty. Apocrine glands are found in specific parts of the body with a high concentration in the underarm (or axilla) and are responsible for much of the odor associated with sweating. Overactive eccrine glands combined with the activity of apocrine glands contribute to excessive sweating, especially in all of the places you’d prefer they not—the palms, the soles and the underarms. (more…)Read more
Let’s face it: Everybody sweats. Whether you’re outside enjoying a hot summer day or you’re nervously giving a presentation, sweating is just a part of life, even if you do end up with some body odor as a result.
But, why does the body sweat, and when is it too much sweating? Let’s take a look at some of the facts surrounding physical phenomenon. (more…)Read more
Have you ever found yourself hesitant to shake another person’s hand because yours is so sweaty? What about struggling to walk with flip-flops on because the bottoms of your feet are slick with sweat? Does sweat pour from your hands and feet no matter what the temperature is outside, or no matter how nervous you may feel in the moment? (more…)Read more
A condition that affects millions of people in the U.S. alone, hyperhidrosis causes the body to sweat excessively. The sweating is the result of overactive nerves that put the sweat glands into overdrive in areas of the body including the palms (palmar), feet (plantar) and underarms (axillary). (more…)Read more
Our superior thoracic surgeons, Dr. Robert J. Caccavale and Dr. Jean-Philippe Bocage, were recently featured in an article in the Spring 2018 edition of Healthy Directions magazine. The article discusses how Dr. Caccavale and Dr. Bocage changed the life of Debra, a patient suffering from palmar (hand), plantar (feet) and axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis.Read more
I’ve had an issue with sweating since I was about 15 years old. I first noticed it when I was a sophomore in high school. Perfect timing, right?
That year, I wore a gray t-shirt for my first day of school—printed with the kind of saying that only a child of that age could appreciate—and I noticed in the middle of biology class (ironically) that I was sweating through my shirt. (more…)Read more
As each shopping, family-filled day becomes shorter during this busy time of year, it grows colder outside as well. However, if you sweat a little more than the average person, that doesn’t mean that sweat becomes less of a problem; with the colder weather also comes heavy, thick fabrics to keep you from freezing as temperatures drop. (more…)Read more
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating in one or multiple parts of the body, including:
With hyperhidrosis affecting approximately 3 percent of the worldwide population (or 180 million people!), this uncomfortable and inconvenient condition has garnered quite a bit of awareness—mostly because of the internet. (more…)Read more
A term used to describe those born between 1980 and 2000 (or 18 to 34 year olds), millennials are a hot-button topic. This is primarily because of the unique way they perceive and interact with the world compared to the generations that came before them, and healthcare is no exception. (more…)Read more
The human body has two to five million sweat glands. That’s a lot of sweating each day—severalliters, in fact. It’s no wonder that science worked tirelessly to develop antiperspirants that combat the pesky problem of underarm sweating.
But, while you’re liberally applying waterlily- or powder-scented deodorizers to your underarms, do you know what you’re actually putting on your skin?Read more
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating in one or multiple parts of the body.While this seems like a straightforward disorder, the reality is that it’s hard to decipher the difference between being a little sweatier than average or having a condition. This is primarily due to the fact that there is no official test to confirm a diagnosis. (more…)Read more
Excessive underarm sweat, also known as axillary hyperhidrosis, affects approximately 4 million Americans. There are a number of ways to treat this condition, however those with excessive underarm sweat often compare miraDry and Botox as possible solutions to their sweating problem.
While at first glance these two treatments may seem similar in nature, there are a lot of differences once you compare the two options.
The excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis seems to be wrapped thickly in misconception. This may be due to the fact that, although the condition and all of its attributes are known well to those living with it (approximately 7.8 million in the U.S. alone), hyperhidrosis is a lesser-known disease by the general public, leading to the spread of misinformation.
We’re here to dispel some of the untruths surrounding this excessive sweating condition. (more…)Read more
Do you hate being sweaty after a workout? Check out this article recently published by our friends over at DIY Active: 7 Tips to Stay Trendy, Not Sweaty This Fall
Hate Being Sweaty After Your Workout?
One of the worst parts about working out in the fall is that you usually have to bundle up once you are done… meaning, bring on the sweat. Check out these easy tips to stop those sweaty fall days!
Stop being sweaty as the days get colder!
Fall is one of the best times of year. The air is crisp; the leaves tumble beautifully from the treetops, and the cozy sweaters are cuddly and warm. For some people, however, those warm, cuddly sweaters—among other treasured wardrobe items…
Thankfully, there’s no need to panic. Below, we have seven tips that will keep you fashion-forward this fall while avoiding those pesky sweat stains (and maybe even save you some money in dry cleaning) especially after a killer workout:
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Read this story about our patient Kylie Ranck as told by Rachel Cosma.
Kylie Ranck took a deep breath. The first day of school was enough to make any kid nervous. But for the five-year-old Galloway, New Jersey, kindergartener, it was terrifying.
She mumbled a quiet “hello,” then shoved her hands into her pockets to try to dry the sweat dripping from them.
We are pleased to announce that our own Dr. Robert Caccavale was one of only 1,907 physicians in New Jersey to be listed as a Top Doctor for 2016 by Inside Jersey (IJ) magazine. IJ partners with Castle Connolly to provide consumers with only the best in physicians in the Garden State following a thorough peer-reviewed selection and screening process.
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In its summer 2016 edition, Healthy Directions magazine published an article on the trials and tribulations of a man living with palmar hyperhidrosis, and how the Hyperhidrosis Center at Thoracic Group resolved them. Mark Kelber, an ironworker/construction worker by trade, was severely hindered by the condition, making the participation in everyday activities both at work and at home a challenge.
Dear Francesca and Dr. Caccavale,
First, the let me say that —as a mother— you always want the best for your kids. Watching my beautiful daughter suffer from hyperhidrosis and her once-outgoing personality shrivel into the corner of her room was overwhelming and devastating. I ordered every product under the sun that was available to help treat the problem and nothing worked. Watching her drop out of dance because she was the sweaty ballerina was heartbreaking.
“Of course, every young girl thinks about her wedding day…all I could think of was my hands dripping onto the floor and a ring not sliding onto my swollen finger. That’s not the image you want for the ‘happiest day of your life’.”
Embarrassed and resigned, these were the monopolizing thoughts at the forefront of Lindsay Kasper’s mind growing up with severe hyperhidrosis.
**We acknowledge that antiperspirant is commonly referred to as deodorant, but they are in fact two separate products: antiperspirants are designed to stop sweating while deodorant blocks odor. For the purposes of this blog, however, we’ll be referring to the product as antiperspirant deodorant.
Sweating is a fact of life for all of us. Everyone sweats, but some sweat more than others. Those who sweat excessively may have a condition known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the nerves that trigger sweating to regulate the body’s temperature (a process known as thermoregulation) become hyperactive. This hyperactivity leads to the body producing significantly more sweat than required to cool down. Hyperhidrosis most commonly affects the hands (palmar), feet (plantar) and underarms (axillary), but it may also affect the face (which produces excess sweat and causes facial flushing). (more…)Read more
Although sweating is the body’s way of keeping cool, pit stains can leave you looking and feeling unkempt and unsanitary. While you may just be a little extra sweaty naturally, your soaked shirts may also be due to a condition known as underarm (axillary) hyperhidrosis.
Oh no! Another shirt, another pit stain. Tired of sweating through your clothes but unsure of whether you want to commit to a more advanced treatment? When considering the cost of ridding yourself of excessive underarm sweat, there are many factors to calculate in comparison to a simple, miraDry® treatment. (more…)Read more
Have you ever thought that your palms might sweat more than the average person? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why are my palms so sweaty?” If either of these has crossed your mind, you are not alone. The excessive sweating of palms that you are experiencing is likely caused by a medical condition known as palmar hyperhidrosis. (more…)Read more
Do you notice that your palms always feel damp? Have you found yourself feeling self-conscious or embarrassed about excessive perspiration on your hands? If so, you may be suffering from palmar hyperhidrosis, and if you think you are forced to live with this condition forever, think again. (more…)Read more
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is the body’s natural cooling mechanism. However, sometimes a person may suffer from excessive, uncontrollable sweating, unrelated to outside temperature or intensity of exercise. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. Not only can it make daily tasks more difficult, but may cause anxiety and stress in social settings that often leads to even further perspiration. If you are experiencing symptoms of hyperhidrosis, know that you are not alone. Nearly eight million Americans suffer from some form of hyperhidrosis, yet only 38 percent may seek medical attention.* (more…)Read more