Sweating is the way the body cools itself down. It is a natural process that everyone experiences. On the other hand, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, remains an embarrassing problem to handle. It might help you to know that excessive sweating is a reasonably common occurrence in normal, healthy individuals. Thankfully, the experts at YourDerm.Ca in Calgary have some treatment options for your hyperhidrosis.
Causes of Excessive Sweating
Primary excess sweating happens for no apparent reason. Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs for such reasons as:
- Prescription drugs can make people sweat more
- Some systemic diseases
- Some neurological disorders
- Facial surgery
Most people with hyperhidrosis experience excess sweating under their armpits, though sweating may occur elsewhere in the body, too. The excess armpit sweating usually starts during puberty, while foot and palm sweating can begin earlier in life.
Treatments for Excess Sweating
Dermatologists can appropriately diagnose excessive sweating. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment can start to reduce the amount of sweating you do, as excessive sweating is highly treatable. While there are clinical and prescription strength antiperspirants and medications you could use, miraDry and Botox offer longer lasting solutions.
MiraDry Treatments for Excessive Sweating
This FDA-cleared non-invasive treatment applies heat energy to the deep layers of your skin. AS these layers are heated, the sweat and odor glands are destroyed, which results in a permanent reduction of sweat and odor in the underarms. During the procedure, the top layer of your skin is cooled to prevent any discomfort. The results are immediate, and since it requires no downtime, you can return to your daily schedule as soon as you’re done. The entire treatment takes about one-hour and the results are permanent; most patients are satisfied with a single treatment, although a second treatment may be necessary depending on an individuals desired outcome.
Botox Treatments for Excessive Sweating
Many individuals use Botox to smooth their wrinkles. It also is used for calming muscle spasms and some types of headaches. Lately, Botox has been used to help people with excessive underarm perspiration. When using this product, medical personnel inject the substance in either the hand or the armpit. The Botox limits the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the chemical that causes sweat gland to produce moisture. Using Botox for very sweaty hands or underarms has recently been approved by the FDA. Botox injections have not yet been approved for the sweaty palms of a person’s hands or the soles of the feet, however. Physicians have used this product in these areas with success. Botox results in temporary result lasting anywhere from 4-6 months.
If you are tired of dealing with excessive sweat, it may be time to seek treatment options other than clinical or prescription strength antiperspirants. Contact us today at YourDerm.ca to schedule your FREE consultation.