Are You Suffering from Excess Sweat?
Sweat glands normally produce sweat that goes to your skin's surface when you exercise, the air temperature rises, you develop a fever, or you are nervous, anxious, or stressed. When such factors are not present, the nerves that cause sweating are on hold. However, sweat glands do not shut down in around 1% to 2% of the population who suffer from hyperhidrosis. These people sweat even when the conditions do not warrant it, such as when they are sitting in an air-conditioned room or watching television. Some individuals even sweat in the pool.
Primary hyperhidrosis occurs when there is no underlying medical cause for excessive sweating. It occurs when excessive sweating is not caused by a temperature increase or physical activity. Primary hyperhidrosis could be inherited. Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is caused by an underlying medical condition.
Treatments for Hyperhidrosis
The diagnosis of hyperhidrosis usually begins with your doctor inquiring about your symptoms and medical history. Tests or a physical exam could also be necessary to determine the root cause of your symptoms. Your healthcare provider could recommend blood, urine or other tests to determine whether your sweating is induced by other medical conditions, such as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Hyperhidrosis treatment may begin with treating the underlying condition. If no cause is found, the treatment focuses on reducing excessive sweating. If new self-care habits do not improve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend one or more of these treatments. Even if your sweating subsides after treatment, it is possible that it will return. Therefore, most hyperhidrosis treatments are recurring. The common treatment methods include:
Botox was approved in Canada in 2001 for the treatment of underarm hyperhidrosis. Botox® is effective in reducing sweating on any part of your body. The palms, armpits, and soles are among the common treatment areas. The advantages of treatment typically begin within just a few days and last for 6-12 months. Many drug plans cover Botox® treatment for health conditions such as excessive sweating or migraine headaches, and any portion that is not covered is a tax-deductible medical expenditure.
Preparing for Botox Treatment
First, consult your doctor to ensure that the excessive sweating is not due to an underlying condition such as obesity, menopause, nerve damage, or a metabolic disorder. An overactive thyroid and some medications could sometimes cause generalized excessive sweating. All of these are examples of secondary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis treatment starts with addressing the underlying condition.
You should also determine whether your sweating is generalized, meaning that it is all over the skin surface or focal, only affecting one area such as your underarms, palms of the hands, soles of your feet, or the face. The majority of people with focal hyperhidrosis have excessive sweating in their underarms.
If you are preparing for a big event, you should plan your budget and schedule so that you give yourself around one month before the big day. This will enable you to reap the benefits of Botox treatment in the weeks before the big event, ensuring that you look your best on D-day. By visiting a dermatologist, you can find a treatment that controls your excessive sweating.