Hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating in excess of body temperature regulation. Although any part of the body may be affected, the armpits, hands and feet are the most common areas of concern.
There are several causes of Hyperhidrosis including drugs and several inborn and acquired diseases. Still about 3% of the population suffers from primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis where there is otherwise no known cause. The condition can cause significant emotional and functional disability given the social and physical discomfort associated with excessive sweating. Anxiety over the condition subsequently worsens it in addition to smoking, caffeine, exercise, ambient temperature and certain foods.
Fortunately, Hyperhidrosis can often be very effectively managed. Aluminum Chloride, found in normal antiperspirant, is used in much higher concentration to treat the symptoms of the condition. These solutions rarely completely control the condition and can cause significant irritation. Lontophoresis is a process in which low amounts of electrical current are past through the glands of the skin to stun them. This too often has limited efficacy.
Several drugs reduce hyperhidrosis. Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) is most popular and carries some side effects such as dry mouth and dizziness. Unfortunately, anti anxiety drugs prove ineffective as hyperhidrosis is not a nervous condition.
There are surgical procedures as well, many of which carry excessive risk and side effects. Often these are a last resort for the most severe of conditions.
Botulinum Toxin For Sweating
Botulinum toxin type A for excessive sweating, Botox or Dysport, have become the safest and most effective standard of care for hyperhidrosis on the hands and axilla. They are performed with solely topical anesthesia, are generally side effect free, and lasts 4-6 months with total relief of the condition.
For more better results, Dr Frank has developed a minimally invasive and fast technique solely for underarm, or axillary, hyperhidrosis. Read about his procedure online and ask for a consultation for Vaser Treatment for excessive sweating.
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