Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating Treatment
Okay, so we all sweat. When it’s hot, when we exercise, when we are nervous or anxious. But some people sweat all the time.
An estimated 2%-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). This type of hyperhidrosis is called Focal. It typically starts in adolescence so we see it at The Acne Treatment Center. It is usually harmless medically, but it can seriously undermine the quality of life. Many who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly all their waking hours, regardless of their mood or the weather.
Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, ruins romance, and complicates business and social interactions. If you find you have to frequently change clothes due to underarm sweat, if you are embarrassed in social gatherings or uncomfortable in romantic relationships, hyperhidrosis can lead to psychological issues. Untreated, these problems may continue throughout life.
But you don’t have to suffer with it. BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis, and The Acne Treatment Center offers treatment for excessive underarm sweating. In about an hour you can be free of the problem for roughly six months to a year. The more treatments you have the longer they last, with patients reporting 18 months of freedom from excessive sweating.*
The injections are made directly into the axillary area (think armpit) and temporarily inhibits the release of acetylcholine, preventing the hyper-stimulation of eccrine sweat glands that leads to excessive sweating.
Although the majority of patients suffer from idiopathic hyperhidrosis, all patients must be evaluated for possible causes of secondary hyperhidrosis, such as those triggered by malignancy, medication, infection, and endocrine and neurological disorders.
We are so happy to have Collette Evrard, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C providing this service for our clients. Collette has more than 16 years’ experience providing injections both for neurological disorders and for cosmetic purposes.
* Results may vary from person to person.