For the most part, hyperhidrosis has no known cause. This is especially true if you have primary or focal hyperhidrosis which is a type of excessive sweating localized to specific body parts, like the hands or underarms.
Generalized hyperhidrosis, where your entire body can break out in a sweat, is usually caused by other health conditions. It can be a side effect of various hormonal disorders, menopause, nerve damage, and obesity.
There are a few options for hyperhidrosis treatment, including Botox, antiperspirants, surgery, and more. These are the non-surgical solutions to excessive sweating that we recommend at Discovery.
Today, the best treatment for hyperhidrosis is Botox. We normally think of it as a wrinkle treatment but it can actually stop sweating very effectively.
This diluted neuromodulator works by suppressing the signal that activates your sweat glands. The effects of a single treatment can last for up to 9 months and the treatment is often covered by insurance!
The first line of treatment for hyperhidrosis is powerful, clinical-strength antiperspirants. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat glands with aluminum salt so they prevent the formation and excretion of sweat.
While they can be convenient for the feet or underarm area, they’re not convenient for hyperhidrosis in the face or hands. Moreover, If you suffer from excessive sweating, you’ve probably already tried dozens of different deodorants and antiperspirants and had mixed results.
In recent years, we’re starting to see amazing science come out about the capabilities of deep-penetrating technologies like laser and radiofrequency. Early data shows that laser and radiofrequency treatments might be capable of deactivating the sweat glands, for long-term relief from hyperhidrosis.
Doctors diagnose hyperhidrosis based on observation. If you sweat more than is necessary for your body to cool down, that’s often enough to know.
It’s perfectly normal to sweat when it’s hot outside, when we’re exercising, or even when we’re nervous. If you sweat outside of these normal situations, or if it takes very minimal triggers for you to start sweating, you may have hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating doesn’t necessarily put your health at risk but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat it.
Hyperhidrosis can make you self-conscious or actively hinder your ability to participate in activities. For example, if it impacts your hands, it can make it impossible to operate equipment or technology that might be necessary for your job!
Aside from that, you may need to increase your water intake to prevent dehydration. If you experience excessive sweating all over your body, it’s important to speak with your doctor to identify if there’s an underlying condition at play.
There is no way to completely get rid of hyperhidrosis. However, excessive sweating can be controlled through a range of treatments, including Botox and clinical-grade antiperspirants.
We’ll be happy to help you become sweat-free with our Discovery Laser hyperhidrosis treatments!