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Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating is called Hyperhidrosis (Hi-per-hi-dro-sis) and literally means “too much sweat.” Sweating is an important bodily function that helps the body to cool down when needed.

Sweating is an important bodily function that helps the body to cool down when needed. This prevents vital organs from overheating. There are 2 million sweat glands in the body to aid in this important role. “Excessive” sweating occurs when sweating continues to occur but the body does not need to cool down. Often, people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from their palms, feet, head and underarms, while other areas remain dry. This can be a difficult and socially embarrassing problem. Excessive sweating can interfere with daily activities by staining clothing, making a simple handshake uncomfortable, or causing sweat to drip from your forehead during a meeting.

There are two types of Hyperhidrosis, Primary and Secondary. It is important that a physician determine which type is present so that proper treatment can be prescribed.

Primary Hyperhidrosis is the most common type of sweating. It can begin as early as childhood or adolescence. It may lead to skin irritation or infection, especially under arms.

Primary Hyperhidrosis Warning Signs
  • Visible sweating
  • Sweating more in one or two areas of the body (i.e. underarms and head)

Secondary Hyperhidrosis means that there is another cause for excessive sweat. This could be a medication side effect or a medical condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis is generally found in adults.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis Warning Signs
  • Sweating at night
  • Entire body sweating excessively
Excessive Sweating Treatments
  • Antiperspirants work by being pulled into the sweat glands after being applied to the skin. Once sweating begins, the glands pull the antiperspirant into the gland, plugging them and signaling them to produce less sweat. Most patients first try over-the-counter, clinical strength antiperspirants. When these aren’t effective enough, a physician may prescribe a stronger type of antiperspirant that is available only through a pharmacy. This can be applied to hands, feet, head and underarms.
  • Botox injections have been effective in controlling excessive sweat. A weak dose of Botox is injected in the underarm area. This temporarily blocks a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. Results are normally seen within 5 days of the treatment and can last 4-6 months. When excessive sweating returns, another treatment is required to maintain results. Patients may experience some discomfort from the injections.
  • miraDry® is the only non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment to permanently eliminate sweat in the underarms. 
This is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that permanently destroys the targeted sweat glands. miraDry® emits electromagnetic energy that gently destroys sweat glands. The treatment is complete with one or two one-hour office visits. Results are immediate. Once destroyed, those sweat glands are gone forever. Learn more about miraDry®

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