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Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options

Book Review
July 5, 2012
Stop Sweating and Start Living - Mike Ramsey

I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.

I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.

My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.

I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.

- James Chambers

Useful hyperhidrosis treatment options are few and far between but with proper research and advice they can be found. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that makes some people prone to excessive sweating in certain parts of the body. Sweating is the human body’s temperature-control mechanism whereby we shed excess heat. While the problem affects close to 3% of Americans the medical fraternity has come up with viable hyperhidrosis treatment options only in recent times and the general public as a whole are still less aware of these options than they are for other common diseases.

In order to discuss the hyperhidrosis treatment options it is first necessary to find out what causes hyperhidrosis. In plain terms hyperhidrosis occurs when the sympathetic nervous system which regulates sweating becomes overactive and sends transmissions to certain sweat glands to produce excessive sweat.

Overview of hyperhidrosis treatment

Given the profound social and professional embarrassment that excessive sweating can cause there have been several different approaches to hyperhidrosis treatment. These include herbal remedies chemical lotions oral medication and over-the-counter antiperspirants. However none of these have cured hyperhidrosis per se.

Since a couple of decades ago an extremely delicate form of invasive endoscopic surgery has been performed on patients to restrict the flow of neural transmissions to the sweat glands. Though many patients have reported an alleviation of the problem of excessive sweating the surgical approach is beset by the appearance of certain side effects that can assume potentially dangerous consequences.

Yet another method of treatment is iontophoresis a procedure that involves the administering of mild electrical currents to the affected areas to thicken the outer layer of the skin thus blocking the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. However this method is absolutely out of the question for a large group of sufferers which may include pregnant women and cardiac and epileptic patients.

Another very recent development involves the use of Botox to treat hyperhidrosis. As of now however Botox has received FDA approval only for use in the treatment of underarm or axillary hyperhidrosis. Additionally the relatively high cost of treatment (not covered by most health insurance companies) and the fact that a top-up dose needs to be administered every 6-10 months means that not everyone has access to this treatment.

The bottom line therefore is that there is no single solution to the problem. However in order to find out which option is best for you perhaps a more detailed discussion of the above methods is in order.

Botox in the treatment of hyperhidrosis

Botox (manufactured by Allergan Inc.)is a derivative of the deadly clostridium botulinum toxin but it has received FDA approval for use in small doses in the treatment of quite a few problems in the fields of medicine and cosmetics. In 2004 Botox received FDA approval for use ONLY in the treatment of excessive underarm sweating.

In most cases the patient is injected with Botox in the affected area and it works by preventing the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which carries signals from the sympathetic nervous system to the sweat glands in the underarm to stimulate sweat production. The injection of the Botox simply blocks the nerves in the underarm that cause excessive sweating and thereby prevents sweating in that area.

However the effects of Botox last only for 6-10 months and the treatment must be repeated at this time. Additionally those patients who have tried Botox for palmar or plantar (feet) hyperhidrosis have often reported intense pain from the injections as well as post-injection hemorrhage. It is possible to administer the injections under anesthetics but the process as a whole remains a costly one.