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 often results in stained clothes, creates awkward moments during romantic settings and disrupts both personal and professional interactions. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help you get the relief you need if you suffer from hyperhidrosis.
You can receive customized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald in person. Please call 323-464-8046 today to schedule a consultation at our Los Angeles cosmetic dermatology office.
Is Hyperhidrosis Genetic?
It appears that one of the types of hyperhidrosis - primary hyperhidrosis - may be an inherited condition. You certainly may have family members 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, hyperhidrosis cannot be prevented, but it can be managed, allowing you to lead a more comfortable, fulfilling life without the constant nuisance of being too sweaty.
What Regions of the Body Are Impacted by Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis typically causes excessive sweating in your:
- Palms of your hands
- Soles of your feet
Often, hyperhidrosis can interfere with routine activities. Sweaty palms can make it difficult to open a doorknob, grip a pen or shake hands. Sweaty armpits can soak through your clothes, leaving embarrassing marks. Sweaty feet can drench your socks, leaving your feet uncomfortable all day long.
Who is a Candidate for Hyperhidrosis Treatments?
You may be a good candidate for clinical strength antiperspirant or for BOTOX® injections if you experience:
- Excessive sweating on the palms, soles of your feet, and underarms
- Excessive sweating interferes with your quality of life and is a significant inconvenience
- Perspiration gets in the way of your daily life, such as when you need to shake someone’s hand, or wear a professional blouse that stays dry for the duration of a presentation
Most people with excessive sweating are good candidates for treatment.
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"Dr. Fitzgerald is fantastic. She takes time with you as a patient & is so thoughtful about your treatment. I also appreciate that she doesn’t try to force any product on you, but talks you through options and is very candid & transparent all around. The entire office is very friendly & the staff for facials, etc are great!"
Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, Dr. Fitzgerald may recommend one of the following treatment options:
- Clinical strength antiperspirants
- BOTOX® Cosmetic
BOTOX® Cosmetic works very well in most cases of hyperhidrosis. Injections are placed in the armpit to lessen sweat gland activity. The injection discomfort in this region is very minimal. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can also be administered in the hands and feet to reduce sweating in these areas.
How Long Will My BOTOX® Treatment for Hyperhidrosis Results Last?
BOTOX® will reduce hyperhidrosis for about 4-6 months, at which point re-treatment 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 practice. It takes about 5 days to see the initial results, with optimal results reached in 2 weeks.
Are Clinical Strength Antiperspirants Safe for Hyperhidrosis Treatments?
Most people 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. Talk to Dr. Fitzgerald if this occurs.
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.
Contact Dr. Fitzgerald For Hyperhidrosis Treatment In Los Angeles!
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald using the form on this page or call 323-464-8046 today to schedule your hyperhidrosis consultation. We serve patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Larchmont, California.