Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, affects up to 3% of Americans. To explore your best treatment options, contact Atlantic Dermatology. Men and women in Wilmington, Clinton, Shallotte, Burgaw and Whiteville, North Carolina, can call the office or book an appointment online to find out about how to manage this chronic and sometimes embarrassing condition.
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating under your arms or on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet. The condition may begin in early adolescence and continue throughout life if it goes untreated.
Sweating too much can make you self-conscious. It can also cause stains on clothes and make you feel uncomfortable in professional, romantic, and other relationships. In some cases, sweating can be so severe that you experience dysfunction shaking other people’s hands and in holding objects, such as a phone or a pen.
Hyperhidrosis often occurs without an apparent cause. Neurological or hormone issues, infections, and systemic diseases can also be to blame. Although the weather or your emotions, such as fear or nervousness, can cause excessive sweating, most people with the condition sweat regardless of temperature changes or their emotional state.
One of the providers at Atlantic Dermatology does a thorough physical exam and analyzes your symptoms and possible triggers before prescribing treatment. Certain antiperspirants, including prescription-strength ones, can help reduce the symptoms. Antiperspirants are often the first line of treatment, as they’re readily available and accessible to administer. Laser treatment is also a possibility as the heat energy destroys the sweat glands that cause the excessive sweating.
At Atlantic Dermatology, Botox® Cosmetic injections can also treat hyperhidrosis that occurs in the underarms. Botox can be 82-87% effective in decreasing your sweating, and the effects are evident just a few days after treatment. Treatment results last up to 12 months and can last as long as 14 months, at which time you need retreatment.
With Botox treatment, about 20-25 injections penetrate your skin under each armpit. Your provider uses a superfine needle to administer the Botox, so it’s quite tolerable – feeling just like a light pinch. Botox is FDA approved for hyperhidrosis treatment. A treatment session lasts about 10 minutes, and you can go back to your regular activity right afterward, so no downtime is necessary.
If you experience embarrassment and frustration due to excessive sweating, call Atlantic Dermatology or book an appointment online to find a solution.