Excessive Sweating; AKA Hyperhidrosis…What Can Be Done?
Many, many individuals suffer with Hyperhidrosis. This is a fancy word for just plain sweating…but in excess. The main areas affected with Hyperhidrosis is usually the underarms, the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands. Usually the problem starts in adolescence and left untreated can become an irritating problem throughout one’s life.
Uncontrolled sweating complicates life and is just plain embarrassing. It stains clothing, makes business and social interactions difficult and ruins romance. Severe Hyperhidrosis can even have practical problems associated with it, such as simply being able to hold a pen in your hand, driving a car or even just shaking hands. For someone who doesn’t deal with these issues it may sound a bit funny, but trust me, for the person suffering with Hyperhidrosis it is anything but.
Cause Of Hyperhidrosis
Most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy, with no apparent underlying cause. However, sometimes neurological, endocrine, and other systemic issues may be the culprit causing the symptoms. Many times emotions or heat can trigger it, but many people with Hyperhidrosis sweat continually all day every day.
Treatments Available For Hyperhidrosis
A physician should be consulted for a thorough exam and evaluation to seek systemic underlying causes. A step by step approach is usually a wise approach to conquering this annoying problem. Doctors will start the treatment with the most non-invasive approach and step up as needed.
- Over the counter antiperspirants- An obvious choice, but ones containing low dose of metal salt or aluminum chloride may be most effective.
- Prescription strength antiperspirants- containing aluminum chloride hexagon.
- Lontophoresis – a device which passes ionized tap water through the skin with direct electricity.
- Medication- Anticholinergics reduce sweating
- MiraDry- microwave energy kills sweat glands
- Lasers- Kills sweat glands
- Surgery-Thoracic sympathectomy may be considered as a last result. This destroys part of the nerve supply to the sweat glands in the skin.
Hyperhidrosis Consultation | Neaman MediSpa Salem, Oregon
If you are tired of this endless cycle of sweating and it is affecting your life and those around you, see an experienced board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Keith Neaman to help you in navigating through the list of options you have available to you. With their help you can find a solution to this problem – call our office 844-338-5445 today.