Excessive sweating is a problem that many people struggle with. It can range from mild to life-effecting, and can be the source of embarrassment and avoidance of certain situations. If you find yourself constantly checking your clothing for stains or odor, you might benefit from Hyperhidrosis treatments.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating, is a medical skin condition mainly affecting the armpits. There are many different triggers, and it can manifest in the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet. Individuals with hyperhidrosis generally sweat during most of their waking hours and can have difficulty with gripping items or embarrassment with physical interaction.
What are some treatment options?
One method of treatment is to use a prescribed antiperspirant medication on the surface of the skin to decrease sweat. These medications usually contain aluminum metal salts like aluminum chloride— however, these may have negative side effects, including irritation. Oral prescriptions can also be effective, but at the cost of certain side effects. Some laser treatments exist to directly target the sweat glands, and for more long-term treatment, Botox injections are known to safely reduce sweat production. Surgical options exist, but are usually used as a last resort.
Botox® for Hyperhidrosis
Botox® is FDA-approved for treatment of excessive underarm sweating in people 18 years and older. Typically used in the face as a treatment for signs of aging, Botox® is known as a neuromodulator, meaning it can stop sweating by blocking secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands. In a Botox® clinical study, patients experienced relief from underarm sweat for up to 201 days, or 6.7 months. The price of Botox® for hyperhidrosis varies from region to region.
If you are interested in learning more about your treatment options for hyperhidrosis, contact Dr. Shauna Diggs’ office today to schedule a consultation in the Detroit area.