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Hyperhidrosis: What It Is and How to Treat It

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When the hot summer sun beats down on you, it’s hard not to break a sweat. However, if you suffer from excessive sweat on a regular basis, you may have something called hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis affects nearly 8 million Americans and can be localized or generalized. When it’s localized, it usually affects the armpits, feet, hands and/or face. Individuals with hyperhidrosis don’t just sweat when they’re hot or emotional – most sweat regularly, which can lead to uncomfortable or embarrassing situations.

While hyperhidrosis can be caused by an underlying medical condition (referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis), it’s most often present in individuals who are otherwise healthy. Some believe the condition may be hereditary, as it often runs in families.

Treatments

Many times, regular or even clinical strength antiperspirants aren’t strong enough to reduce excessive underarm sweat. When this is the case, many doctors will prescribe an antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride. The antiperspirant is applied to the area for 6-8 hours (usually overnight because sweating is minimal) on an as-needed basis until sweating is reduced.

Some doctors turn to prescription nerve-blocking medication that can be taken orally. The medication is designed to block the chemicals in certain nerves to reduce the activity of sweat glands.

One of the most effective treatments (and the one we recommend) is miraDry. This treatment is a non-surgical, FDA-cleared process that uses energy to target and destroy sweat and odor glands in your underarms. Once these glands are destroyed, they won’t come back, making it impossible for them to produce sweat. MiraDry is fast, easy, and proven effective for many individuals. Best of all, our Lancaster aesthetics company can administer miraDry in just two treatments spaced three (or more) months apart.

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis (or simply sweat more than you’d like to), talk to our professionals today about miraDry. The technique is painless and requires absolutely no downtime, making it a great option for virtually anyone with a sweating issue.