Hyperhydrosis (Excessive Sweating)

sweatingHyperhydrosis literally means too much (hyper) sweating (hydrosis). It is a condition in which people sweat more than is necessary. As part of our normal physiology, sweating is needed to cool us off and prevent overheating on those hot California days. However, patients who suffer from this condition sweat even when the body does not need cooling. Most commonly patients suffer from excessive sweating of their palms, feet, underarms, or head while the remainder of their body remains dry. This condition can become so severe as to interfere with a patient’s activities of daily living and can significantly affect social interaction.

Fear not….there are many treatments for this condition. The first line treatment for patients is an over the counter antiperspirant or typically a prescription strength antiperspirant. For most patientsBotox is an excellent treatment option when considering treatment of hyperhidrosis of the underarms and palms. By temporarily blocking the ability of the sweat glands to be stimulated, the patient is left without excessive sweating. Botox injection to the areas affected will typically have an effect for four to six months – sometimes longer. There are also oral medications that can be prescribed to prevent the sweat glands from working. In the worst of cases, surgical options may need to be explored such as sympathectomy or liposuction of the axilla to prevent sweating in particular areas such as the hands and axilla, respectively. After a brief visit with one of our physicians, we will work to achieve the best treatment that meets your personal needs.

 

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