How to Deal with Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is another name for excessive sweating. Although everyone sweats, excessive sweating can interfere with your quality of life— if you regularly experience it, you probably spend a lot of time looking for ways to reduce sweat stains, manage odor, or avoid social events entirely. Excessive sweating occurs even when it’s not appropriate to sweat, but you might sweat even more heavily during workouts or on hot days. If this sounds familiar, then it’s important to know that you have treatment options. Here’s what to know about managing hyperhidrosis with the help of Dr. Ness and some of our most effective options.
One of the first lines of defense against hyperhidrosis is prescription anti-perspirants or medications. These can be prescribed by a dermatologist who can assess your symptoms and recommend your first steps. This, along with certain lifestyle changes, can help manage the effects of hyperhidrosis. It can’t treat the underlying causes, however, so you may need to proceed with more aggressive treatment options if at-home methods don’t produce the results you want.
This often comes as a surprise to many patients who are familiar with Botox® as a cosmetic treatment option. Botox has a long history of medical use, and treatment for excessive sweating is one relatively new one. Botox works by preventing chemical signals from the brain from reaching muscles or glands. Normally, your body produces sweat when the body recognizes it needs to cool down. With each injection session, Botox can reduce sweating in areas like the underarms, feet, and palms for three to six months.
At Fargo Dermatology, we offer a wide selection of treatment options to help keep your excessive sweating under control. Your first step is meeting with our board certified dermatologist to create a treatment plan that works best for you. To get started, we invite you to contact our Fargo office by calling or filling out our online form.