Hyperhidrosis? Highly effective treatments for excessive sweating

By: Health Local Staff Jul 07, 2014
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Hyperhidrosis? Highly effective treatments for excessive sweating

It’s time to say goodbye to sweat stains and hello to a whole new, freeing life.

Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and distressing. Some people have been battling this problem for decades. New and effective treatments are now available to help relieve the stress brought on by hyperhidrosis. It’s time to say goodbye to sweat stains and hello to a whole new, freeing life.

What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes the sweat glands to produce too much sweat. Often hereditary, hyperhidrosis may be triggered by certain stressful or emotional situations or during hot temperatures. There are two types of hyperhidrosis. One is localized, which occurs in one part of the body such as hands, underarms, or forehead, while the other one is generalized, covering larger portions of the body.

Approximately one million Canadians suffer from this condition and studies show that the suffering is often deep and emotional. Patients with hyperhidrosis report low self-esteem, low confidence levels, and limited work and social relationships. The problem affects all areas of life.

Simple treatment measures
Simple treatment measures should always be sought first before considering the more invasive options. In the treatment of hyperhidrosis, a variety of options are available. The first step is to find extra-strength antiperspirants, which are available over the counter. Ask your pharmacist for recommendations, but the most common workable antiperspirants contain 20% Drysol and 20% Perspirex.

Medications are available when antiperspirants fail to help. Your doctor may prescribe a topical cream or pill that will reduce sweating. Health Canada or the US FDA has approved not all medications, but some doctors do prescribe off-label remedies to assist with overactive glands that cause excessive sweating.

Botox is another remedy that has been widely used in Canada for over a decade. Botox treatments for the palms and underarms offer solid results. Botox works by disrupting nerve signals in the sweat glands and preventing sweat from forming. The procedure usually lasts six to nine months and provides promising results. Many women who have Botox done to stop the excessive sweating wish they would have discovered the treatment years ago.

As a last resort, surgery may be performed locally in the armpit to remove the sweat glands. While a long-term option, surgery is only done as a last resort, when other treatments such as Botox fail to provide assistance. There is risk of scarring and other problems when surgery is performed due to its invasive nature, but the overall results provide successful outcomes.

Where to find the help needed
If you suspect hyperhidrosis and want to know more about the possible treatments or symptoms of the condition, contact your health professional right away. The International Hyperhidrosis Society is another wonderful resource that provides unbiased information about the condition, as well as listing the possible procedures and accredited professionals associated with the condition.

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