Do You Suffer From Hyperhidrosis? Here's What You Can Do

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Excessive sweating most commonly affects the hands, feet, underarms, and head, but it can impact nearly any part of the body, causing discomfort, embarrassment, and sometimes even more serious problems. Skin infections, itching, rashes, and chafing are common problems accompanying untreated hyperhidrosis.

So what can you do about it?

You can try home treatment, which would include an over-the-counter clinical-strength antiperspirant. You can purchase these products at a drug store, usually for less than $10. If over-the-counter treatment works for you and you feel comfortable using it without any undesirable side effects, there is no need to seek medical treatment.

However, if over-the-counter treatment doesn’t work or causes side effects you don’t like, tell your dermatologist about it. Patients often express that embarrassment prevented them from seeking treatment earlier — and they often share that they wish they had sought help sooner. The first and most important step you can take to resolve excessive sweating is to be open about it, understanding that dermatologists specialize in this condition and many others much like it. In fact, as many as 3% of Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis.

With your doctor, explore your treatment options. Your dermatologist is an expert at identifying the treatment options that will provide the best results for you. Some of the treatments available for patients with hyperhidrosis include:

Dr. David Stoll, a dermatologist at Stoll Dermatology, often recommends Botox treatment. Botox is minimally invasive and very convenient for patients with busy schedules; just one treatment provides relief for as long as four to six months. There is no need to run to the pharmacy monthly, take medications daily, or visit a doctor frequently, and side effects are rare.

Finally, follow up with your provider. Botox isn’t effective for all patients, so letting your dermatologist know what kind of results you experienced and your level of satisfaction with your treatment is a critical step in the process. Your doctor can help you identify the next steps in your treatment plan to ensure that you find a solution that works for you.

To take the first steps to resolve your excessive sweating, book an appointment online today with Stoll Dermatology.

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