Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) Treatments in Los Angeles
Sweating is an important bodily function that is performed to keep your body cool and prevent you from overheating. However, some people experience a condition called hyperhidrosis which is marked by an overactive sweat mechanism. This excessive sweating can occur at any time, even when your body doesn’t need to cool off.
Excessive sweating can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Hyperhidrosis doesn’t just result in wet or stained clothing, it disrupts both personal and professional interactions and can create an intense level of anxiety. Reach out to our team to discuss hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) treatments in Los Angeles.
Is Hyperhidrosis Genetic?
It appears that one of the types of hyperhidrosis – primary hyperhidrosis – may be an inherited condition. You may have family members in Los Angeles who suffer from the same excessive sweating. Secondary hyperhidrosis is the other type, and it is associated with an underlying condition, such as neurologic disorders and spine injuries.
Can Hyperhidrosis be Prevented?
Prevention of excessive sweating depends on the cause. You may be able to reduce episodes of hyperhidrosis if you can identify triggers, such as excessive caffeine consumption or untreated generalized anxiety. If the condition is caused by certain medications, you may want to talk to your doctor about finding an alternative medication to see if sweating is reduced.
For most people in Los Angeles, hyperhidrosis cannot be prevented, but it can be managed, allowing you to lead a more comfortable, fulfilling life without the constant worry and inconvenience of being too sweaty. Primary care physicians and dermatologists can both offer prescription-level antiperspirants or Botox. Botox is very effective but can be expensive. Start with the simplest steps first.
Learning About Hyperhidrosis
The International Hyperhidrosis Society has a website dedicated to the issues surrounding excessive sweating. If you find typical drug store options in Los Angeles are ineffective, then it’s possible you have actual hyperhidrosis, which requires different avenues for control. Treatments range from clinical-strength antiperspirants to surgery. One effective and often-used form of control is Botox.
If I Have a BOTOX® Treatment for Hyperhidrosis, How Long Do Results Last?
BOTOX® will reduce hyperhidrosis for about 4-6 months, at which point re-treatment n Los Angeles is necessary to maintain the effect. As you receive successive injections, you may find that the effects begin to last longer and that more time can pass between appointments.
How Many BOTOX® Sessions for Hyperhidrosis Will I Need?
Hyperhidrosis can be reduced with a single BOTOX® appointment at our Los Angeles practice. It takes about five days to see the initial results, with optimal results reached in two weeks.
The Introduction of BRELLA Sweat Control Patch
Brella in Los Angeles reduces hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating (focused first on excessive underarm sweating) and is quick, effective, and affordable with a favorable safety profile. The investigational “TAT” (targeted alkali thermolysis) patch is single-use and disposable.
How Does the Brella SweatPatch Work?
The TAT patch uses alkali metal that creates thermal energy when it interacts with underarm sweat, microtargeting sweat glands and temporarily inactivating them to reduce sweating. Clinical studies show that the TAT patch significantly reduces sweat.
The TAT patch is applied by a healthcare professional for up to three minutes per arm. It is designed to be simple, fast, with no downtime, and should fit easily into Los Angeles patients’ quarterly in-office treatment regimens. The TAT patch is currently undergoing review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MyBrella Patient Info and QUIZ
In a pivotal study, the TAT patch demonstrated significant reductions in sweat measured by both quality of life and quantitative measurements. Specifically, the TAT patch reduced underarm sweat and improved multiple quality-of-life measures, including increased confidence, reduced embarrassment, reduced frustration, and less need for multiple showers and shirt changes. Additional deep-dive scientific Information
Are Clinical Strength Antiperspirants Safe for Hyperhidrosis Treatments?
Most people in Los Angeles with hyperhidrosis experience minimal to no side effects or complications when using clinical-strength antiperspirants. Two of the most common side effects are irritation and a burning sensation where the antiperspirant is applied.
A key step is to be sure your skin is completely clean and dry before applying and applying at bedtime so the product has time to do what it’s intended to do. Putting on your antiperspirant only in the morning, right before you rush out the door, almost guarantees it won’t work as intended.
Some people are concerned that antiperspirants are linked to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. To date, there is not any substantial evidence of such an association. Certain studies have shown there is not a link. If you are concerned, we encourage you to discuss the matter with Dr. Fitzgerald and your general doctor.
What About Odor?
The deodorant business is huge. One only needs to look down the personal care aisle in a drugstore or big box store to understand this culture’s desire to smell fresh. More often than not, deodorants are combined with antiperspirants. Because formulations are different from one manufacturer (or product) to another, it can be a process to find one that works for you.
Newer to the smell-good arena are deodorants that contain mandelic acid. For some people, these products are effective when “regular” deodorants aren’t. They won’t impact sweating, but they will impact the odor that develops when you sweat. And it’s possible the reduced anxiety around odor will lessen the level of sweat produced by that anxiety. Some available products include Sweet Pitti by Drunk Elephant, Kosas Chemistry Deodorant, and a few more. Look for mandelic acid in the formulation.
Contact Dr. Fitzgerald For Hyperhidrosis Treatment In Los Angeles
Please contact our office to discuss hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) treatments in Los Angeles.