Excessive sweating is an embarrassing disorder that happens at any time of year. If you have this condition, you're likely self-conscious about wearing light-colored clothing for fear of sweat stains sticking out.
While hyperhidrosis may seem hopeless, the team at The Dermatology Associates of Worcester is here to help. Dr. Camille I. Roberts and her team offer Botox injections and lifestyle remedies to help you overcome hyperhidrosis and enjoy warmer weather.
Have you ever noticed that you sweat even when it's not hot? If sweating seems to rule your life, you may have a condition known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes your sweat glands to overproduce sweat. You can sweat excessively in places like your armpits or face or where most people don't sweat.
Focal hyperhidrosis is an inherited skin disorder that causes excessive sweating and is the most common condition. If you have focal hyperhidrosis, you mainly sweat excessively on your head, armpits, hands, and feet.
Generalized hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating from other types of medical conditions. Some of the causes of general hyperhidrosis include the following:
Managing the symptoms of hyperhidrosis is a challenge for many people. Either type of hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating in the most inopportune areas and times. You may also have other symptoms where the sweat pools, including itchiness, redness, and skin irritation.
Hyperhidrosis is a challenging condition, but you can make some lifestyle changes to help. Dr. Roberts advises you to take the following steps to control your excessive sweating, no matter what time of year:
Use a strong antiperspirant when you have hyperhidrosis. Aluminum-based antiperspirants work by blocking your sweat glands, resulting in less sweating.
You can use over-the-counter antiperspirants, or Dr. Roberts may offer a prescription version in severe cases.
While showering more often won't necessarily change your symptoms, it can help you feel more confident. Another option for managing your symptoms is wearing lightweight fabrics to allow your sweat glands to breathe.
Anticholinergic drugs, antidepressants, and beta-blocker medications may help decrease hyperhidrosis symptoms. Dr. Roberts discusses your medical history to determine if medications are the best option.
Some prescription wipes contain glycopyrronium tosylate, which prevents excessive sweating in your armpits. You can use these wipes daily for the best results.
Sometimes, lifestyle changes alone aren't enough to manage your symptoms effectively. In this case, Dr. Roberts suggests other treatments.
If you've tried other lifestyle treatments without successful remission of your symptoms, Dr. Roberts offers several treatment options, one of which is Botox injections.
Botox injections are one of the main treatments for hyperhidrosis. Dr. Roberts injects Botox into overactive nerves near your sweat glands, which stops excessive sweating for long periods. However, continue getting injections every few months to keep the results.
Don't stress about sweating too much this summer — call our office in Worcester, Massachusetts, at 508-452-2702 for an appointment or request a consultation today with Dr. Roberts on our website.
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