Treatment for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Sweating is the body’s natural coolant; it protects us from overheating. Approximately 3 percent of the population suffers from a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can cause discomfort and embarrassment in social or professional settings; it can cause someone to become withdrawn and avoid certain situations. Dr. Arie Benchetrit offers treatment of hyperhidrosis at his practice, Cosmedica.
There are several ways to treat hyperhidrosis. Everyone’s body is different and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the condition. Dr. Benchetrit and our team will explain the different treatment modalities to help you decide which one is best for you.
The first line of treatment is products such as prescription-strength antiperspirants (e.g., Certain Dri, Drysol) which are applied on the skin. Patients can usually get a prescription for these via their family doctor or dermatologist
Another traditional treatment for hyperhidrosis is called iontophoresis. Iontophoresis is a procedure most commonly used on sweaty hands or feet, which uses water to conduct a mild electrical current through the skin’s surface to “turn off” the sweat glands.
If patients do not get relief from one of the above treatments, they are candidates for more advanced and highly effective treatments. The best known of these is Botox, which can be used to treat excessive sweating of the underarms, hands and feet. Dr. Benchetrit or one of our nurses will inject small amounts of Botox into these areas to block the nerves that cause sweating. The results can be very impressive, with most patients experiencing a significant reduction of their sweat production. The results can last six to 12 months. Botox therapy should be repeated to maintain the results.
Contact Dr. Benchetrit
Are you embarrassed by persistent, excessive sweating? Dr. Benchetrit has the solution. Contact our office today at 514-695-7450 to schedule a consultation and learn more about treating hyperhidrosis.