Anti-wrinkle Treatments Are Used To Treat Excessive Sweating

What is axillary hyperhidrosis?

Axillary hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive underarm sweating, can be an annoying and embarrassing condition for those people who suffer from it. Botulinum toxin injections, best known for their anti-wrinkle actions, can also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating.

Primary versus secondary hyperhidrosis

When there is an underlying medical reason for excessive sweating , the condition is called secondary hyperhydrosis. Hyperthyroidism, gout, obesity, certain tumours and diabetes are just some of the medical conditions associated with excessive sweating. For more information on secondary hyperhidrosis, see Medical News Today.

Primary idiopathic hyperhydrosis is the most common form. "Idiopathic"  means "no underlying cause found". Although there may be no clearly identified triggers for the primary form of excessive underarm sweating, it is sometimes triggered by exterior factors such as anxiety, psychological stress and tiredness.

Self esteem issues often accompany excessive sweating

The condition often becomes apparent during puberty and early adulthood and there is often a family history of the condition. From a medical point of view, sweaty underarms do not represent a health risk, but socially it can affect people quite dramatically.

It is interesting that the problem can often be worse during the winter months when people are wearing clothing against the underarm skin. The fear that the clothing will become visibly soaked with sweat often leads to a vicious cycle of increased anxiety and increased sweat production. In some people the condition can lead to lack of self confidence and self esteem issues.

Natural remedies for excessive underarm sweating

Anti-perspirant sprays , rather than deodorants may help to stop milder cases of underarm sweating. They work by blocking the sweat glands in the armpits.

Armpit shields worn under the clothing to protect garments may be helpful

Clothing - synthetic fibres such as nylon can often exacerbate the problem. Loose fitting clothing made from cotton is a better choice.

Treatments for excessive underarm sweating

Anticholinergic medications, by blocking the parasympathtic nervous system, can help to control sweating within 2 weeks. These medications, however, do have side effects as noted by the International Hyperhidrosis Society

ETS (Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) - this surgical intervention, where the nerves to the sweat glands are cut,  is only ever considering in extremely sever cases which have not responded to other measures.

Muscle-relaxant injections  - Many people don’t realize that we are able to treat excessive underarm sweating with the same medication that we use for cosmetic anti-wrinkle injections. When injected into the targeted underarm regions the medication temporarily blocks the nerve endings resulting in relaxation of the tiny muscles supplying the sweat glands.

The result is a dramatic reduction in underarm sweating for several months. The procedure is highly effective in controlling this condition. Within days of having the treatment, it can be a life changing experience for some people. It is an amazingly simple treatment that can control an embarrassing problem and restore self confidence.

How is this treatment performed?

The treatment is performed by multiple very fine injections covering a grid-like pattern over each armpit. Within ten to fifteen minutes the procedure is over, and it takes up to a week for the sweating to come under control. Most people gain control of their sweating for 6 to 12 months after treatment.

Some people actually can achieve even longer control because the treatment breaks the cycle of social anxiety which is often associated with the condition. Once a person has experienced an effective treatment for their condition, even when the treatment wears off, they become less worried about the embarrassment of their sweating and thus we break that vicious cycle.

What is the cost of treatment?

Depending on the size of the area to be treated the cost may vary between $850 -$1200 for the treatment of both armpits.  According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society  there is an 82-87% reduction in sweating, and dryness can  lasts for as long as 14 months.

How do I know if I am a candidate for treatment?

It is  interesting that it takes an average of nine years for a sufferer of this condition to seek treatment. With this very simple and effective treatment available, a condition that sometimes leads to long term self esteem issues , can be treated in a matter of days.  If you have a problem with excessive sweating and would like to know more about the treatment, I am offering a complimentary doctor's consultation. Appointments can be made with her by phoning Cosmetique Solutions on 07 55 755 644.