Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweat production, well beyond the amount of perspiration required to maintain normal body temperature. The condition primarily affects the armpits, palms and feet. People who have hyperhidrosis usually find the condition very embarrassing, even avoiding social interactions to avoid revealing their condition. As a result, it can be emotionally debilitating and can have a major impact on social and work activities and relationships.
There are several approaches that can help patients with hyperhidrosis, including:
Aluminum chloride: Aluminum chloride is the material found in most over-the-counter antiperspirant products. When these products are not sufficient to control excessive perspiration, prescription formulations can be used for more control and stronger effects. Like any prescription medication, they must be used as directed by the doctor.
Glycopyrrolate: Glycopyrrolate is most frequently used to reduce secretions in the mouth, throat and airway prior to surgery, and it can also be used to control drooling in some patients. When used for hyperhidrosis, it helps dry up the excessive perspiration excreted by people with the condition.
Botox: You probably recognize Botox as a treatment for some types of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. But when injected into areas prone to excessive sweat responses, Botox can block the signals that trigger sweat glands to produce, resulting in a reduction in perspiration.
Aluminum chloride and glycopyrrolate are used on a regular basis to keep hyperhidrosis under control. Clinical studies have shown Botox can be effective in treating underarm perspiration for about six months in most people. Dr. Dele-Michael will discuss your needs and a possible treatment regimen during your consultation.
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