Hyperhidrosis Specialist

David Stoll, MD -  - Dermatologist

David Stoll, MD

Dermatologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you don't merely perspire a bit but sweat profusely, even when you’re not feeling particularly warm, you may have hyperhidrosis. Luckily, you can effectively manage the often embarrassing symptoms. David Stoll, MD, is pleased to provide treatment for hyperhidrosis for people in Beverly Hills, California. To get on the path to sweating less, contact David Stoll, MD, today.

Hyperhidrosis Q & A

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which you sweat a lot more than your body needs to. Sweating serves a purpose, allowing your body to keep from overheating, but hyperhidrosis causes you to sweat even when you’re sufficiently cool.

Symptoms usually affect one or two body areas, such as your feet, head, palms, or underarms, possibly causing you to struggle with some of your usual daily activities. If your hands sweat heavily, for example, you may have trouble typing or turning doorknobs.

What causes it?

Excessive sweating may be genetic or can be caused by an injury, certain medications or dietary supplements, or a medical condition such as diabetes or gout. Hyperhidrosis also may derive from overactivity of the nerves in your body that cue your body to sweat.

How is hyperhidrosis diagnosed?

To diagnose hyperhidrosis and rule out other potential causes of your symptoms, Dr. Stoll conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history. He may use a sweat test, which involves applying a special powder to your body that changes color once wet.

How is it treated?

If excessive sweating is interfering with your life, it’s important to know that treatment is available. Once you’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, your treatment may include:

  • A regular or clinical strength antiperspirant
  • Botox injections, which block a chemical in your body that stimulates your sweat glands
  • Iontophoresis, which uses water and a medical device that applies low-voltage currents to your hands or feet
  • Prescription medications that affect your sweat gland production
  • Surgery to reduce your sweat glands in severe cases for which other treatments fail

How does Botox compare to other treatments?

Botox is FDA approved to reduce excessive sweating in your underarm area, and may minimize symptoms elsewhere as well. The treatment takes mere minutes and is a lot less invasive than surgery. Rather than needing to take a medication regularly, one Botox treatment brings relief for four to six months.

Severe side effects are rare, but some people experience temporary muscle weakness after receiving Botox injections in the hands. Alternately, medications and surgery may pose risks for more severe complications, such as vision problems and abnormal heartbeat.

*Individual results may vary.