Treatments for Excess Sweating
Excessive sweating is known under its medical term Hyperhidrosis. It is an embarrassing condition for many people and sometimes even disabling and can dramatically impact the quality of your life. If you suffer from excessive sweating it is important to understand your options so you can move forward in finding relief.
- Topical treatments
- Focal injections (Botox Therapeutic™)
Surgical Procedures and Other Techniques:
- Local Surgery
- Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
Are you ready to take the next step and learn more about treatments for excessive sweating in Edmonton? View our “sweat clinic” videos or contact us at (780) 428-9333 to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Singh.
Dr. Singh trains other physicians about proper injection techniques for focal injections. You can trust him to advise you on your best treatment option and perform your focal injections for hyperhidrosis safely and effectively.
Hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive sweat glands. Sweat is supposed to act as a temperature regulator for your body. In the case of hyperhidrosis, the sweating is far beyond what is necessary to cool you down. That excessive sweating can have an impact on your lifestyle and your self-esteem. Deciding what to wear can be difficult, and no matter how carefully you choose your outfit, it may not be possible to avoid obvious armpit dampness.
To help you understand the impact underarm sweating is having on your daily activities, answer the following assessment. You may find it helpful to print out this self-assessment and bring it with you to your appointment for discussion.
My underarm sweating is:
- Never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities.
- Tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities.
- Barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities.
- Intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities.
This is known as the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). Using this scale, as well as a thorough physical exam and medical history, Dr. Singh will diagnose hyperhidrosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Singh will discuss all the appropriate treatment options with you.
Antiperspirants: Contain aluminum salts. When you roll them onto your skin, antiperspirants form a plug that blocks perspiration.
Focal Injection: Another treatment option for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox Therapeutic™), Botox Therapeutic™ is approved for treating excessive sweating of the underarms. Botox Therapeutic™ works by preventing the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate.
Surgery: Surgery is only recommended for people with severe hyperhidrosis that hasn’t responded to other treatments. During surgery, the doctor may cut, scrape, or suction out the sweat glands.
Focal Injection Treatments
So, how do they work as a treatment for hyperhidrosis? They temporarily blocks the signals from nerves that stimulate sweat glands. These chemical signals are what cause the glands to produce sweat. If the glands don’t receive the signals, they don’t produce the excess sweat.
There are several important things to understand about focal injection treatments for hyperhidrosis. First, it is a temporary treatment. The procedure must be repeated periodically to maintain results. Second, treatment with focal injections will not mean that sweat gets “backed up” or goes elsewhere. Instead, sweat is not produced at all in the treated areas while the rest of your body sweats as usual.
Primary axillary hyperhidrosis is a complicated name for a simple problem: severe underarm sweating. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis contact us at (780) 428-9333 to schedule your consultation and learn more.