Hyperhidrosis Treatment in Albuquerque
Try Botox® to Stop Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis is the technical name for excessive sweating—a medical condition that causes the body to regularly produce a large amount of perspiration. The problem can cause frustration as frequent sweat stains appear and prompt seemingly endless changes of clothes. It can also lead to physical discomfort, since wearing fabric that is constantly damp contributes to chafing, peeling skin, and skin infections. Anyone suffering from this condition in the Albuquerque area and beyond should know that using Botox® for hyperhidrosis can effectively manage the symptoms, keeping underarms dry for more than half a year at a time.
The popular Botox® injectable is more than a cosmetic that treats fine lines and wrinkles. When it comes to hyperhidrosis, the prescription treatment works to block signals sent to sweat glands, temporarily preventing them from producing sweat.
Learn more about treatment for hyperhidrosis from Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants. Call the trusted experts at 505-855-9267 to schedule a free consultation, or inquire online about a visit.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
With an estimated 3 percent of the U.S. population suffering from hyperhidrosis, the problem is not common, but still impacts almost 10 million people each year. It can start at any age and impact people of any race.
While hyperhidrosis symptoms are consistent from patient to patient—quite simply, it's excessive sweating—the condition can be triggered by a variety of causes. Diabetes or other another medical condition may be the culprit, or it could be due to injury or hormone shifts. Hyperhidrosis is commonly experienced in the underarm area, but may also manifest elsewhere on the body. Patients with the condition may experience the problem on one or any combination of areas.
Underarm Hyperhidrosis Solutions
People who sweat excessively tend to try a variety of solutions or coping mechanisms, from constantly putting on dry clothes to wearing strong antiperspirants. Western Dermatology Consultants uses Botox® to address underarm sweating—known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis—by halting chemical messages sent by the brain to glands in the underarm area. Without that stimulation, the glands will not produce sweat. Only the glands in the treated area will halt production, so other areas on the body will still produce sweat as they should.
The injections are administered in small amounts directly into the underarm area, typically about 10 to 15 at a time under each arm. Results should be noticeable within a month of the initial session, with hyperhidrosis symptoms significantly reduced. In some cases, the initial injections may not reach all of the necessary sweat glands, so a follow–up visit may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
The Western Dermatology Consultants team can explain the details, as well as what to expect and watch for, during an initial consultation to determine the best option for treating a specific case of hyperhidrosis. Topical medication is also available, so a medical history, examination, and possible testing may be required as part of the effort to create the best treatment plan.
Whatever the solution, know that the underarms contain only about 2 percent of the body's 4 million total sweat glands, so a patient's ability to sweat as needed will not be compromised.