Summer is a time for sunshine, swimming, and unfortunately, sweating. It’s estimated that at least 10 million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis, an excessive sweating disorder, according to pharmaceutical powerhouse Demira. The good news is that the condition is highly treatable, with many options to reduce sweating — and the accompanying embarrassment.
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Last week, the FDA just approved a new topical to temporarily treat axillary hyperhidrosis. The convenient cloth from Demira (medical name: Qbrexza) is soaked with medicine that prevents sweat gland activation. Used once a day, this treatment helps control the amount of sweat your body produces. The downside is you need to use it everyday and it still requires a prescription.
Tried and true
If you are looking for a more long-term solution to hyperhidrosis, miraDry is one of the most popular options. It’s an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that destroys sweat and odor glands permanently. The applicator works by suctioning your glands to just under the surface of the skin, where microwave energy is used to target and destroy them for good. Depending on your situation, you may need several treatments. In the wrong hands, miraDry can burn your skin and cause nerve issues, so it’s important to seek an experienced provider.
Another popular option for hyperhidrosis is Botox, which is injected directly into the armpit. Just like when it is injected into the face, the neurotransmitters work to freeze the sweat glands so they will no longer produce moisture. The results can last for six months, on average, and take about two weeks to see the full effect.
Rumor has it
There is a long list of other treatments that may or may not work to treat excessive sweating — the jury is still out. The latest on the list of rumored treatments is SculpSure — the fat reduction treatment. While most doctors dismiss the effectiveness of the treatment, it’s been gaining some traction with certain medical practices.
Some studies have also shown YAG lasers to be effective in treating hyperhidrosis. Early results are promising and some doctors are already turning to lasers to treat excessive sweating. It’s not yet the go-to treatment for this condition though. miraDry and Botox are still the top picks for most cases.
In some extreme cases of hyperhidrosis, doctors might suggest liposuction to remove sweat glands altogether. This is a permanent solution, but requires more downtime than other treatments. And to be honest, you’ll likely get the same, if not better, results going with a miraDry treatment.
You might also hear about the topical treatment Drysol or the minimally invasive surgical option, axillary shaving. But in the end, the majority of doctors lean on Botox or miraDry to curb excessive sweating.
While sweating is a natural and normal bodily function, hyperhidrosis is not. Find a provider near you to discuss treatment options.