Vancouver patients with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can find the condition frustrating and even debilitating on a daily basis.
Normally, sweating is a way for our bodies to regulate our temperature. The body’s nervous system automatically triggers sweat glands when the body begins to get too warm or nervous, or when the person experiences stress.
Some of the more common areas where excessive sweating may occur are around the hairline, under the arms, and on the palms and feet. This is known as primary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis is a condition where the person sweats over their entire body.
On average, a typical person can sweat about one liter of fluid per day. In cases where a person is dealing with hyperhidrosis, they could end up sweating about four times this amount.
In most cases of hyperhidrosis, antiperspirants and other topical solutions to sweat are rendered ineffective. The good news is that there are several effective treatment options available for excessive sweating.
In order to determine which treatments are best for Vancouver patients’ specific case, they will need to be examined by a doctor. During this checkup, the doctor can review the symptoms and rule out any potential underlying medical conditions.
If everything checks out medically, a solution worth exploring is Botox® treatment for hyperhidrosis. Botox® is traditionally known as a wrinkle-prevention treatment. However, this injectable can also serve to paralyze the muscle of the sweat glands and reduce sweating.
Botox® for hyperhidrosis starts to take effect within four to ten days and can remain effective for up to six months after the initial injections. This treatment works best in areas such as the underarms and around the hairline.
During Botox® treatments, the physician uses a small syringe to inject the solution numerous times to cover as much surface area as possible in the area where the sweating occurs.
The good news about Botox® treatments for severe sweating is that a session takes as little as ten to fifteen minutes to complete and requires no recovery time. Once the patient starts noticing the sweat returning to the treated area, they can return for another visit.
If you’re interested in treatment for excessive sweating, contact our office in the Vancouver area and arrange a consultation with Dr. Jaffer at (604) 298-4481.