Patients who deal with excessive sweating of the underarms on a day-to-day basis may be dealing with a condition known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a chronic condition that causes patients to sweat severely regardless of antiperspirant usage. In fact, many patients with hyperhidrosis complain not only about the amount of sweat they experience, but the damage it can cause—to their clothing AND their self-confidence. If you are struggling with managing sweat, it is time to connect with a dermatologist to learn about the benefits of treatment for hyperhidrosis.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
There is no known cause or risk factor that is involved in the development of hyperhidrosis. While this condition is often occurring on its own, it may be related to certain medications. Some medications for menopause, anxiety, and diabetes have side effects which may include excessive sweating. Unfortunately, many of these medications are necessary to a patient’s health, and the side effects may need to be addressed alternatively. This is where hyperhidrosis treatments are discussed with our doctors to find the best treatment possible.
How is hyperhidrosis treated?
For patients who have mild cases of hyperhidrosis, a prescription-strength antiperspirant may provide the results patients desire. However, more severe cases could benefit from Botox injections. Botox is a neuromodulator that is more commonly used for cosmetic enhancement of the face, addressing wrinkles and folds that are caused by natural aging. However, it is also used in other areas of medicine. Botox can be injected into the underarms to block the signals responsible for triggering the sweat glands. Results are often noticed within one week of injections, and can last approximately six months. Many patients experience over 50% reduction in sweating and find that continued injections can keep their condition managed and under control!
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If you are struggling with hyperhidrosis and are ready for successful treatment options, contact Skin MD and Beyond of the Plano, TX community. Our team of professionals, including Dr. Fiona Wright, can provide a proper diagnosis and discuss the advantages of treatment for those who deal with this condition on a daily basis.