Sweating is a normal bodily function. It is important for your body to sweat to cool itself down and prevent overheating. However, there is such a thing as too much sweating. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating due to overactive sweat glands. In this blog post, Portland Face Doctor Dr. David Magilke shares more information on hyperhidrosis, including how it can be treated.
Normal sweat glands are triggered when a person’s body temperature rises, such as during hot weather, exercise or stressful situations. With hyperhidrosis, a person’s sweat glands are triggered even during cool weather or when their temperature is normal. The condition can occur alone or as a symptom of another medical condition such as menopause, thyroid disease or diabetes. People with hyperhidrosis can experience excessive sweat from the palms, feet, underarms and head.
While deodorants, antiperspirants and oral medication can help manage excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis can interfere with daily life and cause both physical and emotional discomfort. Everyday activities like using a computer or phone can be difficult due to sweaty palms and fingertips. Excessive sweating from the underarms can soak through clothes, causing embarrassing sweat marks. Because the skin is often wet with sweat, skin infections and rashes can develop.
How Dr. Magilke Can Help
If you believe you may have hyperhidrosis, it is best that you schedule an appointment with a skin care expert like Dr. Magilke. If you are diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, the trusted doctor may recommend Botox, Dysport or Xeomin to treat excessive sweating, which are injectable FDA-approved treatments. Commonly used for wrinkle reduction, these injectable treatments work by relaxing muscles. When treating hyperhidrosis, the injectables can relax the muscles responsible for releasing sweat.
Results with Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have been proven to be effective and can last anywhere between four to ten months. Repeat sessions are recommended to provide long-lasting results. Dr. Magilke can meet with you to evaluate the severity of your condition and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
To learn more about hyperhidrosis and how it can be treated, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Magilke. Please call the Portland Face Doctor at (503) 297-6511.