Causes and Treatment for Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition that can affect the armpits, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Although the condition is not usually serious, it can cause significant embarrassment and physical discomfort. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for hyperhidrosis that can eliminate the excessive sweating and help individuals feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.

Causes of Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis occurs when the nerves that trigger your sweat glands to produce sweat become overactive. This results in the production of sweat even when you are not physically exertive or experiencing unusually hot temperatures. The reasons can vary. Before treatment can be prescribed for hyperhidrosis, the cause must be determined.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis:

Primary Hyperhidrosis – the excessive sweating is the primary medical condition
Secondary Hyperhidrosis – an underlying medical condition is causing the sweating

Primary hyperhidrosis commonly begins in childhood. Although scientists aren’t sure of the reason behind the condition, there is evidence to suggest it might be genetic. This type of hyperhidrosis might affect many different areas, including the head, armpits, hands, feet and face.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition or other factors and might include:

  • Heart disease
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Cancer
  • Menopause
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Some medications

By identifying the underlying cause of the hyperhidrosis, treatment may entail addressing that condition or switching medications. If a cause cannot be determined, there is an injectable treatment that can be used to address excessive sweating, particularly in the underarm area.

Botox for Excessive Sweating

Botox, the popular anti-aging treatment, can also be used to effectively treat hyperhidrosis in some patients. The formula was approved by the FDA for treatment of hyperhidrosis in 2004 and has proven to minimize symptoms of hyperhidrosis for up to six months. Botox treatments are typically administered by a plastic surgeon experienced in the placement of Botox injections for the best possible results.

Botox contains trace amounts of the toxin botulinum type A. When administered in the proper dosage, the formula blocks the nerve messages that stimulate sweat production. Treatment is performed using a very fine needle, so discomfort during the procedure is minimal. The number of injections will vary somewhat from patient to patient.

If you are experiencing the embarrassment and physical discomfort of hyperhidrosis, help is available. To learn more about Botox treatments for excessive sweating, call 212-203-8591 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Madnani.