Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options
July 5, 2012
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I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.
- James Chambers
Useful hyperhidrosis treatment options are few and far between but with proper research and advice they can be found. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that makes some people prone to excessive
sweating in certain parts of the body. Sweating is the human
temperature-control mechanism whereby we shed excess heat.
While the problem affects close to 3%
of Americans the medical fraternity has come up with viable
hyperhidrosis treatment options
only in recent times and the general public as a whole are
still less aware of these options than they are for other common
In order to discuss the hyperhidrosis treatment options
it is first necessary to find out what causes hyperhidrosis.
In plain terms hyperhidrosis occurs when the sympathetic
which regulates sweating becomes overactive and sends transmissions
to certain sweat glands to produce excessive sweat.
Overview of hyperhidrosis treatment
Given the profound social and professional embarrassment
that excessive sweating can cause there have been several
approaches to hyperhidrosis treatment. These include
herbal remedies chemical lotions oral medication and
over-the-counter antiperspirants. However none of these
have cured hyperhidrosis
Since a couple of decades ago an extremely delicate form of invasive
endoscopic surgery has been performed on patients to restrict the
flow of neural transmissions to the sweat glands. Though many patients
have reported an alleviation of the problem of excessive sweating
the surgical approach is beset by the appearance of certain side
effects that can assume potentially dangerous consequences.
Yet another method of treatment is iontophoresis a procedure that
involves the administering of mild electrical currents to the affected
areas to thicken the outer layer of the skin thus blocking the flow
of sweat to the skin’s surface. However this method is absolutely
out of the question for a large group of sufferers which may include
pregnant women and cardiac and epileptic patients.
Another very recent development involves the use of Botox to treat
hyperhidrosis. As of now however Botox has received FDA approval
only for use in the treatment of underarm or axillary hyperhidrosis.
Additionally the relatively high cost of treatment (not covered
by most health insurance companies) and the fact that a top-up
dose needs to be administered every 6-10 months means that not everyone
has access to this treatment.
The bottom line therefore is that there is no single solution
to the problem. However in order to find out which option
for you perhaps a more detailed discussion of the above
methods is in order.
Botox in the treatment of hyperhidrosis
Botox (manufactured by Allergan Inc.)is a derivative of the
deadly clostridium botulinum toxin but it has received FDA
approval for use in small doses in the treatment of quite
a few problems in the fields of medicine and cosmetics. In
Botox received FDA approval for use ONLY in the treatment
of excessive underarm sweating.
In most cases the patient is injected with Botox in the
affected area and it works by preventing the release of
called acetylcholine which carries signals from the sympathetic
nervous system to the sweat glands in the underarm to stimulate
sweat production. The injection of the Botox simply blocks
the nerves in the underarm that cause excessive sweating
and thereby prevents sweating in that area.
However the effects of Botox last only for 6-10 months and the
treatment must be repeated at this time. Additionally those
patients who have tried Botox for palmar or plantar (feet) hyperhidrosis
often reported intense pain from the injections as well as
post-injection hemorrhage. It is possible to administer the injections
but the process as a whole remains a costly one.