Excessive Sweating Treatments in Chicago for Hyperhidrosis
Affecting approximately 3% of the world’s population, hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating not related to heat or exercise. In people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, the body’s cooling mechanism becomes overactive. More specifically, the sympathetic nerve, which controls sweat glands, becomes overly sensitive and active. This can result in individuals sweating through their clothing and sweat dripping from areas of the body. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that can cause extreme anxiety or embarrassment in work or social settings. Excessive sweating from hyperhidrosis often occurs in the following areas of the body:
To diagnose this condition please schedule a consultation with one of our providers for a physical exam. The assessment helps us to diagnose and plan the best treatment option for you.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
The two types of hyperhidrosis are called primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis is typically genetic and begins in childhood, worsening with age. Women are more prone to this type of hyperhidrosis.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by another health condition or may be a side effect of certain medications, making excessive sweating a secondary symptom. These conditions may include:
- Neurological disorders
- Spinal cord injuries
Treatments for Hyperhidrosis
Excessive sweating can cause extreme anxiety and embarrassment, causing individuals to withdraw from social interactions and even relationships. There are several minimally invasive treatments, however, to help keep excessive sweating under control and help normalize life again.
This non-invasive, FDA-Cleared procedure is used to permanently reduce excessive sweating and odor in the underarm area. CCSD is one of the top providers of miraDry in the country, successfully freeing thousands of patients from embarrassing sweat and odor since 2011.
CCSD is one of the first practices to offer Brella, a 3-Minute SweatControl Patch™ FDA-cleared for excessive underarm sweating in adults with primary axillary hyperhidrosis. This non-invasive, needle-free, aluminum-free and quick in-office treatment reduces underarm sweat production and positively impacts daily life for 3 to 4 months.
Botulinum toxin can be used to successfully treat certain areas of the body for excessive sweating. Here at CCSD, we use Botox to treat hyperhidrosis in the underarms, palms of hands, and around the hairline.
- Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral in the body that helps regulate blood glucose levels and prevent cramps. It can also help reduce excessive sweating, and relieve stress and tension.
- Vitamin D deficiency symptoms may include excessive head and body sweat. Supplementing your diet with Vitamin D can may help control symptoms.
Topical Drying Creams
Daily use of topical creams that help dry out the skin can help control excessive sweating. Products containing aluminum chloride or aluminum chloride hexahydrate are the most commonly used topical treatments.
Both oral and topical prescriptions can help control excessive sweating. These may include oral medications, topical creams, wipes, face washes, deodorant, and more.
Excessive Armpit Sweating – Chicago Treatment Options
If you suffer from excessive sweating and are interested in a hyperhidrosis diagnosis, or if you have been diagnosed and would like to discuss treatment, please call to schedule a consultation. The Dermatologists at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology will discuss your symptoms and goals to decide which treatments are best for you.