Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive and uncontrollable sweating beyond that required for regulation of the body temperature. Primary Hyperhidrosis must be distinguished from secondary Hyperhidrosis, which can start at any point in life. For some, it can seem to come on unexpectedly. The latter form may be due to a disorder of the thyroid or pituitary gland, diabetes mellitus, tumors, gout, menopause, certain drugs, or mercury poisoning. Such secondary forms may have more serious consequences than just Hyperhidrosis, making medical consultation advisable. Primary Hyperhidrosis is found to start during adolescence or even before, and interestingly, seems to be inherited. A common complaint of patients is that they get nervous because they sweat, then sweat more because they are nervous. Other factors can play a role; certain foods & drinks, nicotine, caffeine, and smells can trigger a response.

There is no known permanent cure for Hyperhidrosis. Treatment options include topical and systemic therapies, iontophoresis, surgical intervention and BOTOX.

BOTOX therapy is now being used for excessive underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis)

BOTOX® is FDA-approved natural, purified protein used to treat severe underarm sweating. It works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. The positive effect from these treatments normally lasts at least 6 months.

Contact Jackson Dermatology Associates at 718-623-2783 to discuss your options for treating Hyperhidrosis.