Relief from Excessive Sweating

Sweating is a normal biological response to physical exertion or emotional distress. The cause of sweating is the body’s attempt to balance out the body’s internal temperature. When body temperature rises, glands secrete fluid onto the skin’s surface. This fluid is composed mainly of water and salt and as it evaporates on the skin, it cools. Secretions from the eccrine and apocrine glands produce sweat fluid, and currently, the reason for excessive secretion is unknown.

There are three types of sweating:

  1. Generalized sweating– a rare type of hyperhidrosis that causes an even distribution of sweat layered all over the body. This tends to be a more serious medical concern. There is a connection between those who suffer from hyperhidrosis and those with diabetes, thyroid problems, alcoholism, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis or heart failure.
  2. Hyperhidrosis– excessive sweating in the underarm, feet, or hands.
  3. Localized sweating– a type of hyperhidrosis that affects the feet, hands, groin, face and especially the armpits. This affects one to three percent of the population and symptoms can be uneven throughout the body.

Hyperhidrosis, also known as excess sweating, can be an embarrassing problem to deal with. The excess sweating usually occurs under the arms, on the hands, feet, and groin.  Botox®, more commonly known for its use in treating facial wrinkles, is also effective in treating hyperhidrosis. Botox® blocks a chemical involved in both sending contraction signals to muscles and releasing sweat from sweat glands. Botox® is injected into the area of concern which then blocks sweating from only that location. Sweating from any other part of the body is not affected by the localized injection.  Botox® can be used to block excess sweating in hands, feet, and under the arms.

NY dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar has found longer lasting results with the use of MiraDry, a new FDA-approved treatment that fixes both excessive sweating and the accompanying odor. MiraDry uses a thermal wave technology to manipulate the sweat glands on a long term basis that has proven effective in virtually every patient.