Sweating is completely natural, especially when the weather is as increasingly hot as it has been with each new summer season. Sweating is critical to removing toxins from the body and maintaining the body’s temperature level. However, too much sweating can be embarrassing and socially awkward. If you feel like you sweat too much, it shouldn’t be a problem you have to live with. There are several excessive sweating treatment options available to choose from.
Causes of Excessive Sweating
People who suffer from excessive sweating everyday have a condition which is called hyperhidrosis. This is when the body’s cooling system is overly active and encourages the sweat glands to produce more sweat than is necessary to maintain the body’s temperature at comfortable levels.
This can happen for a variety of reasons including hormone overproduction and systemic diseases that affect the entire body. There might also be an infection that has gone unnoticed or it might simply be a result of highly strung emotions or mood swings. However, many people with hyperhidrosis are perfectly healthy outside of the problem of excessive, embarrassing sweating.
Excessive Sweating Treatment
Some people can benefit from simply changing their over-the-counter antiperspirants to another. Choosing a deodorant with higher levels of aluminum chloride can significantly decrease underarm sweating when other kinds of deodorants have been less effective.
If this does not work, there are prescription strength antiperspirants available that work very well for most people with this condition. Once again, higher and more concentrated levels of aluminum chloride is used to prepare this medication. The solution is applied directly to the skin, preferably just before bedtime. Depending on the severity of problematic sweating, we might instruct our clients to do this two to three times a week or more often than that. Over time, the sweat glands are trained to produce much less sweat.
Another available excessive sweating treatment is the use of injections containing botulinum toxin or BOTOX®. While this is commonly associated with aesthetic procedures and face lifts, it is also beneficial in many people suffering with excessive sweating. It reduces sweating significantly by isolating the chemicals that stimulate the sweat glands before they have a chance to take effect.
BOTOX® is a temporary excessive sweating treatment, but when injected into the sweat glands it lasts much longer than when it is used for wrinkle reduction. BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts about three months, but BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis has been proven to last six months or more. After this time you can return to our clinic for repeat injections.