Does excessive sweating make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable? If yes, and you’ve even tried strong prescription-only antiperspirants but nothing seems to work, you’re probably wondering – How can I treat excessive sweating. Thankfully, there are several effective treatment options that can give you the relief you need.
Excessive sweating known medically as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that can affect different areas of the body including the soles of the feet and hands, but it is most often associated with the armpits.
While some amount of underarm sweating is expected and quite normal in order to maintain regular body temperature, there are many people that sweat much more than is customary. Excessive underarm sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis, and is typically caused by overactive sweat glands.
How can you treat excessive sweating
There are several treatments available for excessive sweating including:
- Botox is FDA approved for treating excessive sweating of the underarms in patients that have not been able to get the relief they need with antiperspirants. When injected into the sweat glands, botox blocks the nerves that activate the glands, and this prevents them from sweating. The effects of botox usually last 4-6 months.
- Laser therapy is also used for underarm sweating. The heat generated by the laser destroys the sweat glands, without damaging surrounding tissue. Downtime is minimal after treatment, so most patients can resume regular activities within a few hours. Laser treatment is a long lasting solution for excessive sweating.
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If you are in the Memphis, Germantown,or Collierville, TN areas contact Levy Dermatology for a consultation.
You can reach them at www.levydermatology.com, or by calling (901) 295-0167.