Your body might sweat more than it needs to! Even if you cannot find an apparent reason for the excessive sweating, there are still efficient solutions to tackle the problem.
Although it is embarrassing, excessive sweating should not make you avoid seeking help. You can take control of your life by beating that.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is how your body cools itself when it gets too hot. The culprit behind your body’s excessive sweating is your sweat glands’ overactivity, called Hyperhidrosis. This condition may occur due to changes in genes or medical problems and is reportedly occurring among Americans.
What Are Excessive Sweating Causes?
If certain sweat glands work overtime and produce more sweat than usual, Hyperhidrosis develops.
Focal or primary hyperhidrosis is a type of hyperhidrosis that results from changes in your genes. If the condition’s cause is medical issues, it is called secondary Hyperhidrosis.
The causes of secondary hyperhidrosis can also be emotional stress, anxiety, heat, and certain foods. It can result from tuberculosis, menopause, diabetes, and other complicated diseases as well. Even some specific medications lead to this condition.
What Symptoms Does Hyperhidrosis Cause?
Your symptoms depend on the type of Hyperhidrosis you have. They vary from case to case depending on their impact on you. However, Excessive sweating makes a pool under your arms or around your back and soaks your shirt. It dampens your cheeks or forehead and drips down your hands. It’s all a mess!
Excessive sweating may also lead to a foul smell due to bacteria, itching, inflammation, skin changes, and disintegrating skin.
While generalized Hyperhidrosis drives you to sweat all over, focal Hyperhidrosis primarily affects your armpits, bottoms, face, genitals, and palms. When the situation is discussed with care providers, they will review your health history and evaluate your symptoms.
How Is Hyperhidrosis Treated?
Your lifestyle can impact lifestyle changes. A conscious change in your daily routine can improve minor symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Your provider will discuss your treatment options and help you decide what’s right for you.
Focal Hyperhidrosis cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be reduced to improve the condition.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis can be tread with several methods based on the identified reason by skin specialists.
- Oral medications: Specific medications can improve the condition. These drugs may have potential side effects, such as blurred vision.
- Antiperspirants: Antiperspirant products block the sweat glands, so your body stops sweat formation. Strong antiperspirants may be prescribed for your problem. They are also likely to cause side effects, such as skin irritation.
- Clinical-grade cloth wipes: These wipes contain glycopyrronium tosylate, and their daily use can reduce armpit sweating.
- Iontophoresis: A system with a particular appliance to block sweat glands over time in 10-20 minute sessions.
- Microwave therapy: A high-tech device that addresses the affected area to destroy sweat glands permanently in an hour-long procedure.
- Botox®: Injecting botulinum toxin can stop sweat production for months if performed repeatedly.
How Can Botox Help With Excessive Sweating?
Injecting Botox could be an ideal solution to excessive sweating when other techniques fail you. With the increase in your body’s temperature, your nervous system activates your sweat glands, which signals your body to start cooling itself by sweating. Botox allows the blocking of these nerves, which are overactive when you sweat excessively. The result is reduced sweat production when the substance is injected underneath your skin’s surface.
Botulinum toxin injections are done with the help of tiny needles and are usually painful. Anesthetic agents are required to control the discomfort during the process.
Botox is FDA-approved as a safe and effective treatment for this condition. You should not worry about severe side effects, but transient muscle weakness and small hematomas in the injected areas can be expected.
After the treatment, you can go back to your regular daily routine and plan a regular follow-up to get the best results.
The effects will be seen after a few days and will last 6 months. For successful long-term therapy, injections must be repeated regularly.
Excessive sweating can be an everyday challenge, and you need to bring it up with a healthcare provider to be able to beat it. There is no need to feel embarrassed. You can feel free to contact us at Beverly Wilshire Aesthetics. We are here to help you with any skin issues. You can enjoy a comfortable experience with the help of our skincare providers. We have the best solutions to offer for your problems.