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Find out more about hyperhidrosis and what your Palm Beach dermatologist can do to help.
Does this sound familiar: You are about to head off to an interview when you realize that not only have you sweated through your nice button-up shirt, but also this is the second shirt you’ve had to put on before even leaving the house.
Or, this: You’ve laced up your tennis shoes and you’ve just started the first leg of your running trail when your shoes are already soaked through, making it uncomfortable and even difficult to finish your workout.
If these cases sound all too familiar, then you could be dealing with hyperhidrosis.
What is hyperhidrosis?
This medical disorder causes a person to sweat heavily and unexpectedly throughout the day. Those with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when it’s cool out or while inactive.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
Those with this condition tend to have overactive sweat glands. There are two forms of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis does not have a specific cause but can be genetic.
Those with secondary hyperhidrosis experience this condition as a result of another medical condition such as menopause, cancer, an anxiety disorder or heart disease.
How is hyperhidrosis treated?
There are several ways your Palm Beach dermatologist will recommend treating your condition, and a lot of it will depend on the cause and type of hyperhidrosis you have.
The majority of cases can be controlled withÂ strong antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate. While you can continue to use deodorant, only antiperspirant works by plugging up the sweat ducts.
There are also certain medications that can be prescribed by your Palm Beach dermatologist to prevent sweat gland activity. These medications are often recommended for those who experience excessive facial sweating.
Iontophoresis is a procedure that uses an electrical current to reduce sweat gland activity. This therapeutic treatment takes up to 20 minutes to perform and often requires multiple sessions.
Botox injections have also been FDA-approved to reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. By injecting these thin needles into the underarms, we can block the nerves that promote sweat gland activity.
If you are experiencing excessive sweating and are looking for effective treatments, then contact your Palm Beach dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches.
We probably all know someone who sweats too much - or perhaps you are that someone. And whether you're in a crowded room with other people, out on the basketball court shooting hoops, or on a date with a special someone, having wet spots and a foul odor will only help you clear the room and make opponents of your teammates!
While excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, affects many people around the world today, there are a few things you can rely on to help you prevent the condition going forward. Take a look at a few of the pointers expert dermatologist Kristen Hafner offers for preventing hyperhidrosis below:
Use a prescription-strength antiperspirant deodorant.
You can easily find one at many leading grocery stores, and if they can't dry you up, you can check out some more powerful antiperspirant options from a trusted dermatologist.
Ask a dermatologist to administer electricity to the problem area(s).
Otherwise known as an iontophoresis procedure, this treatment option is both painless and without safety dangers. Typically reserved for when antiperspirants aren't getting the job done, iontophoresis procedures are a pretty safe bet for solving your sweatathons once and for all!
Practice relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.
Having too much stress and anxiety can lead to hyperhidrosis, so learning how to temper all those negative pent-up emotions can lead to less sweat over the long haul.
Watch what you eat (and drink).
Oftentimes, the stuff we put into our bodies can cause excessive perspiration. Caffeinated sodas, spicy foods, and garlic are three of the biggest known culprits.
So if you're one of the millions of Americans today suffering from excessive sweating and are ready to put your perspiration-soaked days behind you, then it's time you put your faith in a trusted dermatologist like Kristen Hafner right here in Boynton Beach, FL! Ask to speak with her at (561) 964-6664 and find out more about you can stop sweating it today.