Hyperhidrosis

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Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the patient sweats in excessive amounts. While sweating is a natural bodily function that helps cool the body and prevent overheating, patients with hyperhidrosis sweat when cooling is not needed.

Typically, patients with hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas, including palms, feet, underarms or head/neck. Even if the rest of their body is dry and at a normal temperature, the affected areas are dripping with sweat.

Hyperhidrosis can be a very embarrassing condition. The sweat can prohibit normal, everyday activities, such as turning a door knob or shaking someone’s hand. Underarm sweat can soak through clothing, causing anxiety and self-consciousness. Also, infections can form when a certain area of skin stays wet for a prolonged period of time.

Treating Hyperhidrosis

Botox® can be injected into the underarm areas to prevent excessive sweating. Approved by the FDA, the Botox temporarily blocks the chemicals that trigger the sweat glands. Patients usually notice the effects 4 to 5 days after the injection, and results can last anywhere from 4 to 6 months or longer. Once excessive sweating begins again, the patient can receive another treatment.

Prescriptions medications can also treat hyperhidrosis. These medications affect the entire body and temporarily prohibit the body from creating sweat. Even though these medications are effective, we strongly recommend that athletes, people who work outside, and residents of warm/hot regions take precaution when using these medications.