The purpose of sweat is to keep your body temperature steady—helping cool you down when you’re exercising, running a fever or in warm weather. But what happens when this natural function goes from normal to excessive sweating?
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common condition affecting about 3% of the global population. There are different types of hyperhidrosis, each affecting different areas of the body. For some, excessive sweating can cause skin to become irritated or infected, but these complications are uncommon. And while this condition poses few physical health risks, it can cause stress and embarrassment.
The good news? In most cases, hyperhidrosis can be cured.
What Can I Do to Stop Excessive Sweating?
If your battle with hyperhidrosis is just beginning, we recommend starting with some at-home remedies. In mild cases, one of the following lifestyle changes could help you manage excessive sweating:
- If certain soaps make the affected areas sensitive, switch to something bland and scent-free that won’t irritate your skin
- Use deodorant with an antiperspirant to reduce sweating
- If regular antiperspirants don’t help, prescription strength options are available
- For feet, sprinkle shoes with absorbent powders and let them dry completely
What If At-Home Sweat Remedies Don’t Work?
If you’ve tried over-the-counter products and or other treatment options to reduce or cover up excessive sweating, a hyperhidrosis procedure may what you need to treat the condition. These treatments cannot be used on patients with generalized hyperhidrosis, or sweating in large areas of the body. The following procedures are designed to target a specific area.
Treat Excessive Sweating with Botox
Botox does more than reduce lines and wrinkles! For smaller areas affected by hyperhidrosis, such as the armpits, Botox treatments can be injected into the skin to help combat excessive sweating. The results of Botox in the armpits typically last for six months, meaning you’ll only need treatment twice a year!
Reduce Sweating with Laser Treatments
Laser sweat ablation is another treatment option when at-home treatments aren’t successful. This procedure is proven to be long-lasting and effective, reducing or eliminating sweat in approximately 80% of patients. Laser sweat ablation can be performed in-office, using local anesthesia to destroy the targeted sweat glands. While the treatment can cause some bruising or swelling, most patients return to work the next day.
Treating Excessive Sweat in Palo Alto, California
If you’re tired of trips to the drugstore for medications that aren’t helping your condition, the specialists at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care can help. Schedule a consultation to learn more about Botox and laser sweat ablation, both of which we offer in-office! If you have any questions you can contact us by calling 650.565.8683.