Most of us sweat when we exercise or exert ourselves, or when we are in a hot environment, or if we are anxious or under stress. However, the excessive sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis far exceeds such normal sweating.
But what is considered excessive sweating and is there a hyperhidrosis cure?
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal (essential) hyperhidrosis. With this type, the nerves responsible for signalling your sweat glands become overactive, even though they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature. With stress or nervousness, the problem becomes even worse. There is currently no known medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis, although it may have a hereditary component because it sometimes runs in families. Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is due to a medical condition. It’s a less common type. It’s more likely to cause sweating all over your body. Conditions that may lead to heavy sweating include:
- Menopause hot flashes
- Thyroid problems
- Low blood sugar
- Some types of cancer
- Heart attack
- Nervous system disorders
- Certain medications also can lead to heavy sweating
So Is There A Hyperhidrosis Cure?
The flat answer is no, there is currently no known cure for hyperhidrosis. There are however steps you can take to manage the symptoms. For instance, if there is an underlying medical condition such as in the case with secondary hyperhidrosis then, that condition will be treated first. If no clear cause can be found, then oftentimes treatment is focused on controlling the excessive sweating. Sometimes you may require a combination of treatments.
Prescription medications and drugs are commonly used to treat hyperhidrosis, including:
- Prescription antiperspirant. Your doctor may prescribe an antiperspirant with aluminum chloride (Drysol, Xerac Ac). This product can cause skin and eye irritation.
- Prescription creams. A prescription cream that contains glycopyrrolate may help hyperhidrosis that affects the face and head.
- Nerve-blocking medications. Some oral medications block the chemicals that permit certain nerves to communicate with each other. This can reduce sweating in some people. Possible side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision and bladder problems.
- Antidepressants. Some medications used for depression can also decrease sweating. In addition, they may help decrease the anxiety that worsens the hyperhidrosis.
- Botulinum toxin injections. Treatment with botulinum toxin temporarily blocks the nerves that cause sweating. The effects of Botulinum toxin last six to twelve months, and then the treatment needs to be repeated.
Permanent Treatments For Hyperhidrosis
Many people with hyperhidrosis try the aforementioned options first, but often turn to more drastic measures including surgical procedures, which include:
- Sweat gland removal. If excessive sweating occurs just in your armpits, removing the sweat glands there may help. An invasive technique called suction curettage may be an option.
- Nerve surgery (sympathectomy). During this procedure, the surgeon cuts burns or clamps the spinal nerves that control sweating in your hands. In some cases, this procedure triggers excessive sweating in other areas of your body (compensatory sweating).
- miraDry underarm sweating solution
Is miraDry A Hyperhidrosis Cure?
If you feel you have exhausted the prescriptive route or just don’t fancy the side-effects from some of the medications, but you certainly don’t feel prepared to go under the knife, endure anaesthesia, and a lengthy downtime with the associated risks of infection, then maybe you should consider miraDry at PHI Clinic.
miraDry is a safe, effective, and long-lasting treatment for managing excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis. It’s a clinically proven, non-invasive procedure carried out at Harley Street’s PHI Clinic. miraDry uses electromagnetic energy delivered to the skin using a specifically designed handpiece. The sweat glands are drawn near the surface of the skin and thermodynamic energy is then carefully targeted to the area where the sweat glands are then eliminated. The good news is that the sweat glands don’t grow back, and so the procedure gives a significant reduction in underarm sweating.
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