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Don’t Sweat It: Treating Hyperhidrosis

Sweating can be embarrassing for the average person, but for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a common disorder that causes excessive perspiration, sweating can lead to a great deal of insecurity, embarrassment and discomfort. Sweaty palms are the most common form of hyperhidrosis. However, this condition can also cause excessive sweating for the feet, underarms, and face. It is believed that it is a result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Fortunately, for those who suffer with this disorder, there are treatments available.

 

 Antiperspirant. Because of new technology, antiperspirants are able to make a difference for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis and are considered the first line in treatment. Physicians recommend starting with the gentlest option, moving to over-the-counter “clinical” strength, and then suggesting stronger prescription formulas for various parts of the body that sweat excessively.

 

 Iontophoresis. If relief isn’t found with antiperspirants, iontophoresis for hands and feet is the next option. This treatment uses water to run a mild electrical current through the surface of the skin. While it’s not entirely clear how it works, it’s believed that the electrical current and the minerals in the water cause the outer layer of skin to microscopically thicken and block the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface.

 

 Botox injections. This is often used as an alternative option to iontophoresis or even as an additional treatment. Research has proven that treating the armpits, hands, feet, and face with Botox injections is both a safe and effective method for dealing with excessive sweating.

 

 Medication. Oral medication is sometimes considered as a treatment option, as it can be used to prevent the stimulation of all sweat glands. However, this isn’t recommended as a long-term treatment option because of the serious side effects.

 

 Surgery. Surgery is considered a last resort option. Excision, curettage and liposuction may be used to treat extreme underarm sweating. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is also an option, although not one generally recommended because it frequently results in serious, irreversible compensatory sweating.

 

 For more information about treating your hyperhidrosis condition with Botox, visit Lecada Medical Artistry or call 813-874-2332 to schedule a free consultation.

 Sources:
Treatment of Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis Treatments

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