You may be one of the more than 800,000 people in the United States suffering from hyperhidrosis, otherwise known as excessive sweating. This condition can often lead to negative impacts on your everyday life. Fortunately, there is a procedure that can alleviate the symptoms of hyperhidrosis — miraDry.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis can either be a congenital or an acquired condition. One type — focal hyperhidrosis — generally begins in adolescence and is an inherited condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis can develop at any time and is due to disorders such as those affecting the thyroid or pituitary glands. Gout, tumors, menopause and certain drugs can also cause an onset of this condition.
Hyperhidrosis can either generalized (over the entire body) or localized (occurring in specific body parts, such as the armpits, palms and feet). Generalized hyperhidrosis is usually caused by an underlying medical problem.
Treating Excessive Sweating With miraDry
The miraDry procedure is a proven way to treat localized excessive sweating in the armpit area. It is an FDA-approved treatment that uses microwave energy to destroy the sweat glands.
The miraDry Procedure
The procedure will last about 40 minutes and uses a local anesthetic. The miraDry device is held over the treatment area and will emit electromagnetic energy. You should not experience any pain during the procedure, although you may feel some pressure and a warm sensation.
After the treatment, you may experience soreness and/or swelling that can be treated with non-prescription pain relievers. While there is little to no downtime after a miraDry treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of days.
Dr. Eric Seiger and his team at the Skin & Vein Center are well versed in the miraDry procedure, as well as other treatments that can help you with excessive sweating in other areas of the body such as the palms and feet.
Skin & Vein Centers are some of the only places in Michigan that has miraDry certified technicians who can safely and effectively administer these treatments.
To discuss your options for excessive sweating, call the Skin & Vein Centers, for a complimentary consultation.