If you suffer from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis, you may have difficulty feeling comfortable in social situations. Overactive sweat glands can cause clammy hands, stinky feet and soaked through shirts under the arm pits. Whether you are trying to perform a presentation at work or meeting new people at a party, excessive sweating can be embarrassing. So, what are your options to treat this condition?
Hyperhidrosis is a treatable condition. You may be prone to this problem due to genetics or other factors, but there are options to control it. Just using more deodorant is not usually the answer. Most people seek professional treatment for the best results.
A dermatologist can help you find the right treatment for you. Some of the options available include:
- Iontophoresis. Sitting in water that that has a low electric current flowing through it is referred to as iontophoresis. This treatment is done for about 20 minutes for hyperhidrosis and repeated for a couple times a week until excessive sweating dissipates.
- Botox. Botox treatments are not just for wrinkles; they can also limit the excretion of sweat when injections are placed in problem sweat areas, like in the arm pits. This effect is only temporary and would need to be repeated every few months to be effective.
- Medications or surgery. There are medications that can stop the activation of sweat glands or surgery can be performed to remove the glands. However, these options are last resorts when other treatments do not work.
If you want to explore your options for treating excessive sweating, make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can evaluate your condition and find the right treatment for you to help you enjoy social interactions without the embarrassment of too much sweat.
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Medical Dermatology Specialists
5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta GA 30328