Is excessive sweating getting in the way of your social and daily work life? Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes episodes of abnormal sweating on the entire body or specific areas, such as the armpits, soles of the feet, palms of the hands, and face. It may be difficult to know for sure whether the amount you sweat is considered normal or not, so understand that some of the most common symptoms are random, frequent flare-ups, soaking through clothes in a noticeable way, and challenges with making physical contact with others, gripping or holding onto objects, or engaging in common activities. You may also find yourself showering and changing clothes frequently, along with feeling self-conscious in public. Fortunately, there are effective ways of managing this condition, including miraDry®, which our Minneapolis-area team offers.
With this fast, science-backed treatment, you can significantly reduce sweat production and odor in the underarms. This is an in-office treatment that involves applying thermal energy to destroy sweat and odor glands in targeted areas.
Instead of using deodorants, look for over-the-counter antiperspirants containing aluminum salts or get a prescription for stronger ones. This is the most common way of reducing heavy sweating. Deodorants generally only offer odor protection, whereas antiperspirants will prevent both sweat and odor by blocking the sweat glands when applied to the skin. Some antiperspirants are designed for other areas of the body, such as the hands, feet, and hairline.
In addition to relaxing facial muscles to keep wrinkles at bay, small amounts of injectable BOTOX® can temporarily deactivate sweat glands in the underarms or other areas to prevent excessive sweating for up to four to six months or longer.
Anticholinergic drugs are oral medicines that can be taken to temporarily inhibit sweat production all over the body. These work well for patients who have excessive facial sweating.
The most common herbal remedies used for hyperhidrosis are sage tea or sage tablets, chamomile, valerian root, St. John’s Wort, and natural vinegar. Applying witch hazel, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and salt and lime to the skin is also thought to be beneficial.
Learn more about treatments for hyperhidrosis, such as miraDry®, in the Minneapolis area from our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team. Fill out a contact form or call us at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to start planning your procedure.