Hyperhidrosis Treatment in Kelowna
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes excessive sweating for no physiological reason. The body sweats in order to regular its core temperature to keep it at a constant 37ºC when your body is working harder than it normally does (if it’s hot outside or if you’re exercising) or when it’s under stress (when you are nervous, angry or afraid). Those affected by hyperhidrosis will experience excessive sweating even when they are not doing anything to trigger the sweating. There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
- – Primary Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating in the hands, feet and armpits
- – Secondary Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating as a result of other medical conditions such as thyroid disease, medications or menopause.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Wetness of different parts of your body, like hands, feet, scalp, back, etc.
- Sweating in cool temperatures
- Sweating when at rest and in a relaxing environment
- Changing clothes more than once a day because of excessive sweating
What Are the Causes?
Hyperhidrosis simply means you have overactive sweat glands. You have sweat glands throughout your body which means you can end up sweating in the most unlikely of places, like your head, your feet, your hands, your back, etc. There are medical conditions like thyroid or nervous system disorders, low blood sugar and menopause that show up as excessive sweating, this is called secondary hyperhidrosis. It’s important to speak with your doctor to ensure there is no underlying cause of your hyperhidrosis before you start treatment.
What Are the Treatments?
Lifestyle/ Non-Medical Treatments:
If you are experiencing excessive sweating under your armpits, the first thing to try is a stronger antiperspirant. There are several over-the-counter brands that you can try; these products should contain between 10% to 15% aluminum chloride hexahydrate which will plug the sweat ducts. If you’re not sure, speak with your pharmacist or your dermatologist about the products they recommend you try first.
Office Treatments for Excessive Sweating:
If over-the-counter topical remedies don’t work for you, speak with your dermatologist about trying Botox to resolve any excessive sweating issues you might have. Botox will in effect paralyze your nerves so that you don’t sweat as much. Except for a few injections in the area, it doesn’t hurt. However it is important to note that if you prevent sweating from one area (i.e. underarms), you still have to sweat which means it will come out of somewhere else. Learn more about our Botox procedures.
If Botox isn’t for you, your last option of defense is surgery. Some patients opt for surgery as a more permanent solution to hyperhidrosis. Surgery can be quite effective, however like with any other type of surgery, there are always risks that go along with this type of invasive procedure. Speak with your dermatologist first to get the full scope of options along with risks before making any decisions.
Quick Answers About Hyperhidrosis
When Does Excessive Sweating Require Treatment?
Our treatment is non-invasive, so we recommend it to anyone who is experiencing sweating that is interfering with their daily lives. If sweating of the hands becomes a problem for you, this treatment can resolve it quite quickly with minimal side effects.
What Are the Short and Long-Term Side Effects?
There are no long-term side effects to our treatment, though sweat may be distributed more throughout the body once it is no longer being produced through the palms as much. There is a short-term recovery period after treatment where your hands may feel weaker than normal, but this fades away in just a few days. Our treatment is quite safe.
Is Anyone with Hyperhidrosis a Good Candidate for Your Treatments?
Unfortunately, no. There are some people who are not good candidates for our treatment because of certain risk factors. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not be given this treatment, and neither should those with certain muscle diseases. You can find more information by calling us about our treatments, or by scheduling a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate.
Will Insurance Cover Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
Most insurance companies will cover at least part of the cost of Botox but the fee for the physician is not covered. You will need to check with your own insurance company to see if your particular plan covers Botox treatments for axillary hyperhidrosis.
Botox for Sweating - How Long Do the Effects Last?
Most patients will find that the anti-sweat effect of Botox lasts for 9-12 months in the armpits.
How Painful Are Botox Injections for Underarm Hyperhidrosis?
We usually ice the area before injections are performed but you will feel some small pricks of the needle during the treatment itself. The treatment takes just a few minutes so it’s over fairly quickly.
Botox or Dysport Units for Hyperhidrosis Treatment?
The amount of Botox per patient varies but an average dose is about 100 units per armpit.
Will Having Sweat Gland Removal of the Armpits Stop Bad Odor?
If you have your sweat glands surgically removed, then yes theoretically this should be the case. However, surgery is no longer a good solution, it’s high risk and carries the side effect of significant scarring. Botox or miraDry is a much better option for hyperhidrosis.
Can Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?
Absolutely, so can miraDry which is a permanent solution.
How Many Units of Botox Are Needed to Prevent Sweaty Palms?
The amount of Botox for this varies but usually 50 to 100 units per had works well. In the hand, botox wears off much quicker though, most patients find it only lasts 2-3 months.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
This is a neurological condition where the nervous system is instructing the sweat glands to overproduce sweat. They are just doing their job!
What Are the Side Effects of Zero Sweat?
No sweating in the armpits or hands will have no effect elsewhere, you can still sweat normally with every other part of your body.