Stop Hyperhidrosis, and Stop Going Through Shirts Like Tissue Paper!

By Integrated Dermatology
March 12, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hyperhidrosis  

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 with­ 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.