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HYPERHIDROSIS

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Hyperhidrosis is a chronic disorder of excessive sweating that can affect any body part, including the underarms, the palms, the soles of the feet, and the face... Contrary to what many believe, excessive sweating is treatable.

Traditional therapies include: antiperspirants (applied on top of skin) surgical removal of sweat glands severing the sympathetic nerves linked to the sweat glands (sympathectomy) blocking the sweat glands with small galvanic electric currents (iontophoresis). Although effective for most people, removal of sweat glands can lead to scarring in the underarms and other complications. Similarly, sympathectomy, which also is quite effective, carries the risk of unintended surgical side effects and rebound sweating in previously unaffected areas (compensatory hyperhidrosis). Iontophoresis requires repeated treatments regularly. The effect is rarely complete and it is inconvenient for most people. In addition to these choices, some people can benefit from taking medicines (anticholinergics) by mouth that block the neural transmitters controlling the sweat glands. Although effective for many people, this therapy has the severe drawback of causing side effects in other body systems such as blurred vision, dry mouth, bloatedness and constipation. A recent development has revolutionized the treatment of sweating problem. This is using Botulinum toxin (Botox®) to inactivate the sweat glands. Botox®, which has rapidly become one of the most commonly used anti-aging remedies, also blocks the sweat glands. Treatments for excessive sweating are available in South Surrey, Ladner White Rock BC