Let’s face it — excessive sweating is embarrassing. Wet underarms, unsightly sweat stains, and body odor can put a damper on your self-confidence. In fact, people with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, report avoiding social events, get-togethers, and business engagements due to the embarrassment it causes.
Fortunately, if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis, you no longer have to sweat it out, At Stoll Dermatology in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. David Stoll and our compassionate team understand the aggravation and embarrassment hyperhidrosis brings. That’s why we offer several treatment options to help you stop your excessive sweating.
Read on to learn more about excessive sweating and what you can do to stop it.
What causes excessive sweating?
Sweating is a fact of life. When it’s hot, when you have a fever, or when your heart rate elevates, as with exercise or anxiety, your sweat glands make perspiration to cool the surface of the skin and help normalize your body temperature.
For over 15 million Americans, however, the overactive nerves in certain body areas — most commonly the underarms, feet, and hands — cause the sweat glands to go into overdrive. And if you have hyperhidrosis, you know it can occur at any time, even when you wouldn’t normally sweat, like in an air-conditioned space or sitting at a desk.
Symptoms range from mild to severe and can wreak havoc on your quality of life. While hyperhidrosis doesn’t cause any physical problems, it negatively impacts the mental and emotional well-being of those who suffer from it.
Is there anything I can do to stop my hyperhidrosis?
Yes! Before taking steps to stop your excessive sweating, however, it’s important to meet with a skilled medical doctor, since occasionally hyperhidrosis may be caused by medication or underlying health problems.
Once Dr. Stoll diagnoses you with hyperhidrosis, he discusses your symptoms and goals with you to come up with a personalized treatment plan that may include:
- Clinical-strength antiperspirants
- Iontophoresis, or the application of electrical currents through water to the targeted treatment area
- Prescription anticholinergic medications, which stop sweat glands from making sweat
- Surgical intervention to remove or interrupt sweat gland function
- Injections of botulinum toxin, or Botox®
How does Botox stop excessive sweating?
While Botox is often associated with reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it’s an effective treatment option to stop excessive sweating. Injecting botulinum toxin in targeted problem areas blocks the nerve responsible for sending a signal to the sweat glands to produce sweat. The result? A temporary end to excessive sweating!
Getting your injections doesn’t take much time, and you can return to your daily activities immediately. Dr. Stoll may schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure all problem areas were sufficiently treated.
At first, you’ll need booster injections every 4-6 months. As time passes, however, the nerves take longer and longer to regrow, giving you longer sweat-free stretches. Although the most common spot for treatment is under the arms, you can also get Botox on your hands and feet.
Is it safe to get Botox injections for excessive sweating?
When performed by an experienced medical professional, like Dr. Stoll, Botox has been found safe and effective. Most patients tolerate injections well with few side effects. The most common are pain, bruising, or slight swelling at the injection site, which is normal for all injections.
Botox has fewer risks and side effects than surgery, and it doesn’t require daily doses of medication or prescription-strength antiperspirants. It also requires far fewer office visits than iontophoresis with longer-lasting results.
Ready to put an end to your hyperhidrosis?
If you’re tired of putting up with embarrassing excess sweat, put an end to it at Stoll Dermatology. Dr. Stoll evaluates your symptoms and goals to create a treatment plan that’s best for you.
Don’t let excessive sweating impact your life any longer. Contact our office or book an appointment online today!