Minimizing Sweating

Excessive sweating (medically called hyperhidrosis) is defined as sweating in excess of ordinary requirements for normal body temperature. It most commonly occurs in the armpits (axilla), but can also occur on the hands, feet, scalp and groin. There is not diagnostic test, but when sweating affects quality of life that is indication to treat.

Hyperhidrosis is associated with significant impairment both at work and at home, both physically and psychologically, and leads to social stigmatization and embarrassment. Treatments are available and can be quite effective. Make an appointment today and regain control of your life.

Q: Is my sweating a sign of something bad?

A: Usually hyperhidrosis is not a sign of another process that is detrimental. With that, it is important to have an evaluation with a trained medical provider to rule out other possible causes of excessive sweating.

Q: What kinds of treatments are available?

A: There are both non-surgical and surgical treatment options. Non-surgical therapies include topical anti-perspirants, botulinum toxin injections, iontophoresis, oral agents (anti-cholinergics, α- or β-blockers, α2-adrenergic agonists), and biofeedback therapy. Surgical options include subcutaneous curettage, liposuction, local excision or sympathectomy. Newer destructive methods include MiraDry and Fractional Microneedle Radiofrequency (FMR).

Q: Does insurance cover therapy?

A: Insurance usually covers treatment for hyperhidrosis. Recently however, botulinum toxin injections have not been covered and are now an out-of-pocket cost, forcing many people to shy away from this extremely effective and FDA-approved option. Make an appointment today and starting enjoying your life again without worry.