Approximately 8,000,000 people in the United States suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. It can affect many aspects of their lives and can have a traumatic effect on their well being and social interactions.
The most active regions of perspiration are the hands, feet, armpits, and groin because of the high concentration of sweat glands.
Hyperhidrosis is classified as either congenital or acquired depending upon the onset time. Focal hyperhidrosis starts during adolescence or earlier and is an inherited or genetic condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis can start at any point in life and can be due to disorders or conditions such as disorders of the thyroid or pituitary glands, tumors, gout, menopause or certain drugs.
Excessive sweating can either be localized to specific body parts or generalized. When it is localized, it is called primary focal hyperhidrosis. Secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis involving the whole body is generally the result of an underlying condition.
When treating localized hyperhidrosis in the underarm region, the miraDry® procedure has proven to be quite effective. This procedure is an FDA approved non-method to eliminate the sweat glands in the underarm area. The miraDry® process uses microwave energy applied under local anesthesia to destroy the sweat glands.
There will be an immediate reduction of sweat after the process is completed. There may be some swelling or soreness, which is normal and is treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever and ice packs. This procedure has minimal or no downtown for the patient; however, exercise is not recommended for a few days after the procedure.
While the miraDry® procedure is only available for the underarms, there are treatments available for the palms and feet. These treatments include aluminum chloride based products such as Drysol and Certain Dri; iontophoresis, and Botox® injections.
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