Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. The problem may be limited to a few problem areas or may be all over. The armpits and the palms are the areas most often troublesome. Excessive sweating starts after puberty. It may be present to some degree all the time, but is at its worst when under stress such as during exams, interviews or dating. Excess sweating that affects areas other than the armpits and palms may a sign of serious problems. Systemic, neurological and anxiety conditions need to be ruled out; however most cases have no underlying cause.

Botox has been around for over 20 years and is considered an extremely safe medical treatment for anti-aging and migraines. Botox also works beautifully for hyperhidrosis. For treatment in the underarms, Botox is injected in about 15-20 sites in the armpits. Decreased sweating is seen about two weeks later, with the sweat reduction lasting approximately six months. Botox injections also work well to treat excessive sweating in the face, soles of the feet and palms of the hand.

The newest treatment for hyperhidrosis is miraDry. It was approved by the FDA for excessive underarm sweating. This treatment uses a hand held device which delivers electromagnetic energy non-invasively to the area where the sweat glands reside. As a result the glands are destroyed and don’t grow back, resulting in a dramatic and lasting reduction of underarm sweat.

Adapted from original source: AOCD

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