Treatment of Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Heavy or excessive sweating also known as hyperhidrosis is a very common and embarrassing problem Excessive sweating of the palms, soles and armpits affects about one in 200 people. The cause is unknown, but we do know that nerves play a major role in sweat production.
1- Anti- Pespirant Powders/Lotions – The easiest way to tackle the problem of excessive sweating is using an antiperspirant, which most people can use on a daily basis. Most of the antiperspirants contain aluminum salts. When you roll them/ dust it onto your skin, the antiperspirants form a plug that blocks perspiration.
2- Iontophoresis: For this treatment, you need to sit with your hands, feet, or both in a tray of water for about 30 minutes, while a low electrical current is transmitted through the water. This current blocks sweat from getting to your skin’s surface. You have to repeat this treatment at least a few times a week, but after several times you may actually stop sweating. Once you learn how to do iontophoresis, you can even buy a machine to use it at home.
3- Botox for sweating
As we believe that nerves play a major role in sweat production, Botox has been used with great success in blocking the nerves responsible for sweating. Under arms, palms, feet and forehead are areas that can be effectively treated with Botox We have used Botox for many years to virtually stop all undesirable sweating. A single treatment can last as long as a year sometimes with dramatic results.
SURGERY – Surgery is only recommended for people with severe hyperhidrosis that hasnot responded to other forms of treatments. During surgery, the surgeon may excise, scrape, or suction out the sweat glands in the area. Another surgical treatment is Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS),a procedure in which the surgeon makes very small incisions and cuts the nerves in your armpit that normally activate the sweat glands.