What is Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Axillary hyperhidrosis is a form of primary hyperhidrosis that causes an individual to produce excessive sweat in the underarm region. Like many instances of primary hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating from axillary hyperhidrosis is believed to be a genetic disorder. This form of hyperhidrosis causes
Why Standard Antiperspirants may not Help Treat Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Regular antiperspirants are designed to reduce normal amounts of sweat that arise from environmental conditions, primarily heat. Since an individual with hyperhidrosis sweat significantly more than an individual without hyperhidrosis (often regardless of the presence of heat), many of those with hyperhidrosis need a specialized antiperspirant to reduce their sweat. If you think you might have have this condition it will help to learn everything you need to know about hyperhidrosis.
Over-The-Counter vs. Prescription Strength Antiperspirants
For many individuals, a good first step to combatting their axillary hyperhidrosis is applying a stronger antiperspirant specifically tailored to manage hyperhidrosis. It is necessary to understand
Many individuals begin treating their hyperhidrosis with an over-the-counter topical solution, then seek a prescription from a dermatologist if that method does not reduce their sweating. To help you decide which antiperspirant is going to be most effective we recommend managing your hyperhidrosis with a doctor.
For individuals that cannot be helped by antiperspirants alone, botox injections into the underarm area can be a helpful treatment. Botox for axillary hyperhidrosis is an effective treatment that was approved by the FDA in 2004.
Typically associated with cosmetic surgeries, Botox is a compound with an impressive ability to reduce sweat in the axillary region. When the botulinum toxin (Botox) is injected into the dermis of the underarms, the neurotransmitters that control the reception and execution of neural messages are essentially paralyzed by Botox. Even though Botox is widely used for a myriad of treatments and surgeries, recognizing that Botox is actually a very strong toxin that can easily paralyze human cells is an important distinction to make. Since it is such a highly toxic compound, Botox treatments should be conducted by experienced professionals only. Repeat Botox injections are needed typically every 6 or 12 months to maintain the paralysis of the neurotransmitters.
One of the newest technologies to emerge in the fight against hyperhidrosis, electromagnetic energy treatments like
If one of the previously mentioned treatments are not entirely effective, they can be combined with other treatments to make them more effective. In some cases doctors may prescrible oral medications for hyperhidrosis alonside one of the more targeted treatments. It may also be helpful to look into new products that have come out recently, like
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