Sweating is something that most of us only associate with being hot or overworked. For some people though, sweating doesn’t have the same triggers. They suffer from excessive sweating all the time. This is called hyperhidrosis. Some research indicates that about 367 million people suffer from excessive sweating. While excessive sweating is embarrassing, it doesn’t have to be. There are a variety of hyperhidrosis treatments available in today’s world.Iontophoresis
The overall most effective treatment is iontophoresis. This process uses electrical currents to stop the sweat glands from working as much as they do. Iontophoresis is completely painless and is recommended by many doctors.
A small machine is used to administer iontophoresis. Traditionally, iontophoresis has been administered at a doctor’s office. Recently this has changed though, iontophoresis machines are now available for you to use at home. That means that you no longer need to pay regularly for treatment. You can buy the machine and use it at home when you need it.
Machines range from $400 all the way to over $1000. The price typically determines the number of features that you want and the brand. Sometimes the quality is also determined by price but that isn’t always true. Depending on the iontophoresis machine that you want to use you might require a prescription from your doctor. As long as you talk to your doctor you should be able to get a prescription. If a prescription is used, you might be able to get your insurance company to cover part or all of the price of a iontophoresis machine for your hyperhidrosis treatment.Antiperspirant
For some people, applying antiperspirant frequently will work to treat hyperhidrosis. Because of the frequency though, this might not always be convenient. It also might end up costing you a lot in antiperspirant. There is a difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. You need to make sure that you are buying antiperspirant because it actually stops the sweat, not just mask the smell of sweat.
If you go to see a doctor about your hyperhidrosis, you may be prescribed a medication to treat the excessive sweating. The most common type of medication prescribed is anticholinergics. These are designed to block the chemical in our body that triggers sweating.
This type of treatment will only work if the doctor is able to determine the exact cause of your excessive sweating. Anticholinergics can also have a variety of side effects from dry mouth to constipation.
Another common way to prevent excessive sweating is to receive Botox treatments. Botulinum toxin is a toxin that can be injected into the body. About 15 to 20 injections are administered over a period of about 45 minutes. These injections help to stop the signals to the sweat glands. Botox treatments will help to keep the sweat glands from working for up to several months. After that time, you will have to have the treatments repeated. The treatments will need to repeated consistently if you want to remain sweat free.
A lot of people do not opt for this option because they don’t like having things injected into their body when it isn’t necessary. Plus, there is no guarantee that it will stop the sweating completely. Surgery The last option for treating hyperhidrosis is to have surgery. While there are several kinds of treatments that may work to stop your excessive sweating, the most effective surgery is removing the sweat glands. You can destroy the sweat glands by making a small incision and removing them with specialized tools.
There are also a few procedures that can be used to destroy the sweat glands. A small burst of electromagnetic radiation targeted at the area of your sweat glands will destroy them effectively. You can also have a laser inserted through a small incision that will be used to burn the glands until they are destroyed. There are a lot of options for hyperhidrosis treatment but the best treatment is often considered iontophoresis because it is non-invasive and doesn’t require you to take any medication. But in the end, the choice is up to you and your doctor. It is always recommended that you will consult a physician before receiving any treatment.
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