What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating unrelated to exercise or body temperature. This type of excessive sweating is much more severe than normal sweating and may affect the underarms, face, hands, and feet. Hyperhidrosis patients often experience sweat stains on their clothing, clammy or wet hands or feet, and excessive overall sweating throughout the year and regardless of activity levels.

This condition occurs when the nerves in charge of signaling the sweat glands become overactive, even if they have not been triggered by exercise or a rise in temperature. Nervousness and stress can increase these symptoms. Although there is no exact medical cause for this excessive sweating, it may be a shared trait among family members.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options

There are a variety of common hyperhidrosis treatments to help reduce excessive sweating, including:

PRESCRIPTION ANTIPERSPIRANT OR CREAMS

Extra strength, prescription antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can help to control excessive sweating. Prescription therapy containing glycopyrrolate may also help hyperhidrosis of the head and face.  These creams are used several times per week. 

NERVE-BLOCKING MEDICATIONS

There are certain medications that block chemicals that cause certain nerves to communicate with each other. These may reduce sweating in some individuals and are taken on a daily schedule. 

BOTOX® INJECTIONS

Injections with BOTOX, or botulinum toxin type A can help to lessen excessive sweating. It works by temporarily blocking nerves that cause sweating to occur. Results can last 6-9 months before repeated treatment is needed.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT?

Those with hyperhidrosis whose excessive sweating causes discomfort or self-consciousness can benefit from hyperhidrosis treatment. Be sure to speak with Dr. Beach regarding any allergies or health conditions that you may have so that she can safely prescribe the best hyperhidrosis treatment option for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT?

Hyperhidrosis treatment patients often experience less severe sweating for a more comfortable daily routine. It is important to be patient, as prescription antiperspirants or creams may take up to two weeks to start working. Dr. Beach will provide you with specific instructions on how to properly use your hyperhidrosis treatment for the best possible outcomes. Feel free to contact our office with any questions that you may have regarding treatment. 

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Do not hesitate to contact DermAtelier on Avenue today to learn more about scheduling an appointment to discuss hyperhidrosis treatment options! Your first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Beach, during which you will work together to determine the best treatment option for you and your lifestyle.

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