What is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is necessary to control body temperature during times of exercise and warm/hot surroundings. Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. In a small percentage of the population (0.6-1.0%), the amount of sweating exceeds the body’s requirements. This condition is known as Hyperhidrosis. The areas of the body most often affected by Hyperhidrosis are the hands, feet and underarms. Excessive sweating is a treatable condition and results remain constant across all areas of treatment.
Hyperhydrosis or excessive sweating is a condition that most often affects hands, feet and armpits. Excessive sweating can cause social awkwardness and interfere with day to day life. In severe cases of hyperhidrosis, when more conventional treatments don’t help, your Kovak Laser Institute specialist may suggest surgery either to remove the sweat glands or to disconnect the nerves in charge of the excessive sweating. Nerves trigger both the eccrine and apocrine glands. These nerves become active due to a variety of stimuli, including:
- Physical activity or exercise
How Do I treat Hyperhydrosis?
There are a quite a few treatment opportunities for patients with confined hyperhidrosis. BOTOX® is approved by the FDA for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating). BOTOX® works by inhibiting the nerve endings from transmitting signals to the sweat glands. The result of this inhibition is a decrease in the amount of sweating in the treated areas.
While the exact cause of Hyperhidrosis is unknown, there is a solution to this affliction. BOTOX® treatments have been found effective to significantly reduce and possibly eliminate the effects of this condition for an average of 6 months for the treated areas. While the effects of BOTOX® treatments are temporary, it is among the safest and most effective treatments for excessive sweating that is available today.
Dr. Kovak’s office is recognized by the manufacturer of BOTOX® as a national training center.
Treatment can also be paired with topical creams or pills to enhance the results of the procedure.
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