Sick of sweat marks cramping your style or causing you to drop your phone or have stinky shoes? Worry no more! We have treatments and solutions for Hyperhidrosis, or ‘Heavy Sweating’. It's a very real and embarrassing problem, but we’re here to help!
If you’ve tried antiperspirants and they aren't stopping your hands and feet from sweating too much, your doctor may recommend one of these medical treatments:
During this treatment, you sit with your hands, feet, or both in a shallow tray of water for about 20 to 30 minutes, while a low electrical current travels through the water. No one knows exactly how this treatment works, but experts believe it blocks sweat from getting to your skin's surface. You'll have to repeat this treatment at least a few times a week, but after several times you may stop sweating. Once you learn how to do iontophoresis, you can buy a machine to use at home. Some people only require a couple of treatments a month for maintenance.
Another treatment option for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox), the same medicine used for wrinkles. Botox is FDA-approved for treating excessive sweating of the underarms, but some doctors may also use it on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Botox works by preventing the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate. You may need to have several Botox injections, but the results can last for almost a year.
When you've tried antiperspirants and treatments like iontophoresis and Botox and they haven't worked, your doctor might recommend a prescription medicine such as anticholinergic drugs. Oral anticholinergic drugs stop the activation of the sweat glands, but they aren't for everyone because they can have side effects such as blurred vision, heart palpitations, dry eyes, dry mouth, and difficulty peeing.
Another surgical option is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), in which the surgeon makes very small incisions and cuts the nerves in your armpit that normally activate the sweat glands. This procedure is very effective, but it's used only as a last resort on people who have tried every other treatment. ETS can't be reversed, and it can leave scars. One side effect almost everyone who gets ETS has to deal with is compensatory sweating, which is when your body stops sweating in one area but starts sweating in another (such as the face or chest) to compensate. Yikes!
Performed in a doctor's office, this procedure uses thermal (heat) energy that targets and eliminates the sweat and odor glands in your underarm. Once the glands are destroyed, they do not grow back. Again this is for extreme cases, speak with your doctor about options.
We feel like Botox is a great option as it’s simple, affordable, zero downtime with no short-term or long-term side effects. Botox has been around for years, with lots of data backing up its efficacy. Come see us and let us put this pesky problem to rest!
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