Facial Sweating Causes And Treatment

Facial Sweating

Facial sweating can be caused by a number of things, and determining the specific cause for this problem can help you find the right treatment, one that is effective and actually works. Facial hyperhidrosis may be caused by an underlying medical condition, but in many cases there is no known cause and all the medical testing comes back that the patient is healthy. Once you have determined that there is a problem you should have a full physical done, to make sure that there is no hidden medical problem that is causing the excessive facial sweating. If your doctor gives you a clean bill of health then it is time to search other areas, and if there is a medical problem then treatment for this condition will usually resolve the sweating as well.

While being regarded as having a large genetic component, perhaps the two most common causes of excessive sweating on the face for both men and women are increase in temperature and humidity, and psychological. Nervousness, anxiety, depression, and other highly emotional states can cause you to sweat much more than usual. Facial sweating may be the only symptom experienced, or you may also notice that you are sweating in other areas of your body as well. Another common cause for facial sweating is a reaction to spicy or hot foods. In this case lips, forehead and nose are the most affected areas. The offending foods should be avoided in order to prevent this type of facial sweating.

If all medical causes have been ruled out, there are a number of different treatments that may offer relief. If you are sweating too much anywhere on your body and the problem is chronic, then your doctor may prescribe anticholinergics, beta blockers, or clonidine hydrochloride, which are drugs taken orally that cause all of the tissues and systems in your body to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands. These are not recommended as a long-term solution to excessive sweating due to side effects. As an alternative to chemical drugs, Naturopaths may suggest herbal substances such as sage tea or sage tablets, Valerian root or even chamomile.

Facial sweating may also be treated in other ways. Although most effective on underarms, Botox injections may work for some individuals when injected into the scalp near the hairline. The results of Botox injections for facial sweating will vary since your face and scalp have a denser nerve supply than your underarms, so it is more difficult to predict the dosage of Botox required to block the release of acetylcholine from the sympathetic nerves. While being approved for hyperhidrosis treatment by the FDA in 2004, Botox injections have been criticized by Naturopathic practitioners for being toxic to the body.

As a last ditch effort if all other treatments fail, a surgery may be performed to remove the glands completely. Both of these methods will work on sweaty palms, feet, facial areas, and underarms, however the patient must fully consider and discuss with the physician the risks of permanent damage and other side-effects associated with this type of surgery.