We’ve all been in nerve-wracking social or professional situations that have caused us to perspire excessively. Excessive sweating is embarrassing and you’re thankful and relieved when it’s over. Usually, within a few minutes, you’re no longer sweating.
But what if you had to endure that type of sweating all day every day even when you’re not in stressful situations? Each day, nearly 10 million Americans suffer just like this because of a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. For such a skin problem, you need the knowledge and experience from the skin experts at West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to treat this troublesome condition. Schedule a consultation by calling 888-554-8740 or filling out our online contact form and get the excessive sweating treatment you need.
What is Excessive Sweating?
Sweating is a mechanism your body uses to regulate your body temperature. Excessive sweating is exactly what it sounds like – a medical condition called hyperhidrosis in which you sweat too much for what seems like no rhyme or reason due to overactive sweat glands. Your underarms, hands, and feet are usually the most commonly affected areas.
If you have hyperhidrosis, you know how much stress it causes. Nothing is simple because you have to deal with it all day. You’re constantly thinking about changing clothes, wiping your wet skin with a cloth or napkin, or wearing dark clothes that hide your condition better.
A relentless and embarrassing condition, hyperhidrosis can throw your social, professional, and even love life into disarray. You’re hesitant to shake hands, give a presentation, or get close to your romantic partner. Many who suffer excessive sweating isolate themselves, which can lead to depression and shattered self-esteem.
And all of that is on top of the physical toll excessive sweating takes. If left untreated, hyperhidrosis can lead to painful or irritating skin problems. For example, your skin might develop infections more easily and even begin a process called maceration (disintegration of the skin).
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Contrary to popular belief, hyperhidrosis is not caused because you have too much stress. In fact, the reverse is almost always true – you’re stressed because of your condition. The causes of excessive sweating are not fully known. There is strong evidence that genetics play a role, but more research is being conducted. Many who suffer hyperhidrosis most likely have some underlying systemic disease that is the real culprit, although a large number of those afflicted are otherwise healthy. Learn more about hyperhidrosis at WebMD.com.
Excessive Sweating Treatment Options
If you suspect that you have hyperhidrosis, a variety of excessive sweating treatment options are available to you, although you should seek the advice and medical evaluation of one of our specialists at West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology before you begin any treatment.
For milder cases, over-the-counter antiperspirants with aluminum chloride are a good choice. Applied to your dry underarm before bedtime and wash off in the morning when you awaken.
However, prescription antiperspirant sprays, roll-ons, gels, and lotions might be necessary if OTC antiperspirants don’t work or if you have a more serious case.
You’ll need a prescription to purchase this device, which works by sending an electric current through water into your skin to temporarily block your sweat glands from producing sweat. These painless hyperhidrosis treatments take 10-20 minutes each session and can be administered at home every day for two to three weeks to get the sweat under control then continued a few days a week to maintain results.
Oral Medications for Excessive Sweating
Oral medications such as glycopyrrolate (Robinul) can minimize stimulation of your sweat glands. However, be prepared for such side effects as dry mouth, blurred vision, and fluid retention.
Botulinum Toxin A (Botox)
You’d be forgiven if you did a double take on this one. Yes, Botox is very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis, as it can result in a year or more of relief.
Minute amounts of Botox are injected into each armpit or any other area with excessive sweating with ultrafine needles. Depending on your needle tolerance, the treatment ranges from relatively painless to tolerable to uncomfortable. However, it’s probably a small price to pay for many months of hyperhidrosis relief. As the effects wear off, maintenance treatments are necessary for your relief to continue.
miraDry is an FDA-approved microwave treatment effective for excessive underarm sweating. This noninvasive, hour-long procedure destroys sweat glands with heat generated by electromagnetic energy. Multiple treatments may be required and total sweat removal is difficult to achieve. Side effects, such as long-term nerve damage and scarring may occur.
Surgery for Excessive Sweating
An operation called thoracic sympathectomy can be employed to treat your condition because it targets the sympathetic nerves responsible for sweating and essentially eradicates many of the nerves being supplied to the sweat glands in your skin. Other hyperhidrosis surgical procedures include removing your underarm sweat glands by curettage (scraping), liposuction, or surgical excision. A variety of potential severe side effects can occur from this surgery which is almost always only recommended as a last resort.
Hyperhidrosis Got You Feeling Isolated? Talk to West Dermatology
If you have excessive sweating, don’t endure it anymore. There are effective hyperhidrosis treatments available, so contact West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today to discuss your condition and possible treatment options by calling us at 888-554-8740 or filling out our online contact form.
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