A person with a medical condition known as Hyperhidrosis, often sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. This condition can be embarrassing and often uncomfortable for patients. Today, there are several treatments available to treat excessive underarm sweating – and Dr. Lily can help!
The least aggressive treatment for hyperhidrosis is to purchase an over the counter clinical strength antiperspirant that says “clinical protection” on the label. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat ducts in the armpits much like a cork plugs a bottle. For best results, apply deodorant at night and reapply the next morning. This increases the effectiveness of the antiperspirant.
For areas such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, antiperspirant may not be an option. Oral medications may be prescribed. This medication will decrease your body’s ability to secrete fluids such as sweat. It can also cause dry mouth and eyes. Many patients who experience generalized sweating in large areas of the body find this medication to be an extremely effective solution.
Botox can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis. By injecting the affected area with botulinum toxin, such as Botox, sweating will be reduced for approximately 6 months. Although this procedure is extremely effective, it can be expensive since many insurance companies do not cover this treatment.