Approximately 2.8 percent of Americans are affected by excessive sweating. While the number of people affected is a small portion of the population, there are multiple treatment options that can diminish or correct the problem. There are two types of hyperhidrosis, Primary Idiopathic and and Secondary. The cause of the first type is unknown. The second is usually caused by a health condition. While the causes for Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis are not well understood, Secondary Hyperhidrosis is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more.
There are some simple things you can do to improve symptoms of excessive sweating. Some excessive sweating can be kept under control with antiperspirant, which contains aluminum chloride to clog the sweat glands. Armpit shields can also be worn to protect your clothing from perspiration. Avoiding synthetic fibers such as nylon can also diminish sweating, since natural fibers allow skin to breath. Wearing socks that absorb sweat and allow the feet to breath is another helpful tip. Surgery has also been used to cut the nerves leading to sweat glands, but this is invasive and requires downtime. Today the most promising treatment is Botox, which shows outstanding results with no downtime. The procedure only takes about ten minutes and is completely safe. At Kwan Dermatology, we can assist you in treating your excessive sweating with Botox or other available treatments. If you are experiencing excessive sweating, please contact us to set up a consultation with one of our specialists to determine the best treatment for your condition.