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Several options available for those who sweat excessively

With the heat of the summer quickly approaching, those suffering from hyperhidrosis dread the embarrassment and frustration that heavy sweating brings. For most people, antiperspirants stop sweating. 

For some, over-the-counter antiperspirants aren’t strong enough to stop sweating. Family doctors and dermatologists can help by prescribing topical prescription antiperspirants such as Drysol. If hyperhidrosis sufferers aren’t able to keep their sweating under control through prescription medications there are two more options.

BOTOX® injections block the secretion of the chemical responsible for sweat glands producing sweat. Botox injections are very shallow so the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin. Usually treatment requires between 25 to 30 shots per underarm. Results are generally noticeable within 2-4 days after treatment with the full effectiveness within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 -12 months. Botox is often covered by insurance but it is a benefit exclusion for some.

Another solution for hyperhidrosis is ThermiDry®. ThermiDry® is an alternative to neurotoxins and it is not covered by insurance. ThermiDry® works by heating the sweat glands using radiofrequency energy-induced heat to reduce sweat gland function. ThermiDry treatment can treat hyperhydrosis for up to two years.

If you’re still suffering from excessive sweating even after seeing your family doctor you can be referred to a plastic surgeon to discuss whether BOTOX® or ThermiDry® are options for stopping excessive sweating.  

About Donya Rawlings RN

Donya Rawlings, RN, is a nurse with Via Christi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics.