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Excessive Sweating

Excessive Sweating, Decatur | Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta

Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and a real problem for some people.

Patients may worry about excessive sweating or believe that they sweat too much. Worries about sweat stains on clothing, visible beads of moisture on the face, damp hair, clammy or frankly wet hands, and other symptoms cause embarrassment and discomfort. Sometimes, the suffering person may attract attention he or she doesn’t want from others. Unfortunately, his or her sweating may be viewed as lack of personal hygiene or cleanliness. This can create more stress for the patient concerned about sweating too much. Social avoidance may result. Researchers at Columbia University say that excessive sweat production is potentially disabling.

Sweat is a natural human process: the body eliminates waste and dirt through skin, the largest organ. All healthy people sweat and some individuals, especially very fit people, may sweat more frequently and in larger visible amounts than others. Board-certified dermatologists such as Atlanta Dermatology Consultants can help patients with concerns to manage excessive sweat production.

Evaluation

The International Hyperhidrosis Society reports that about three percent of the world’s population–more than two hundred ten million people globally — suffer from actual clinical hyperhidrosis. This type of sweating is “fill up your shoes sweat – embarrassing job interview armpit – stains sweat!”

Suggestions made by well-meaning work colleagues, friends or family members often produce higher anxiety levels in those concerned about too much sweat. For example, suggestions that the patient use antiperspirants, armpit shields or pads won’t help him or her manage this condition.

Because hyperhidrosis is a serious medical problem, it is essential to check out the root cause with the assistance of a board-certified dermatologist.

Treatment Options

According to “Hyperhidrosis: New Insights for the Healthcare Professional: 2013 Edition,” traditional treatments are unlikely to help patients manage their condition.

Botox, a prescription-only treatment, can help manage the sweat production at the source. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta may use Botox to render inactive the patient’s nerves that control his or her sweat glands. The treatment isn’t permanent, and patients must return for additional treatments as suggested by the dermatologist. According to researchers, Botox treatments are well-tolerated and safe for most patients. Common risk factors are minor, including temporary redness at the injection site.

Surgery is a solution for other patients. The surgeon removes the sweat glands in underarms, feet, hands, or chest. For example, a patient with extreme, persistent sweaty palms may receive an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy to eradicate the cause of his or her problem. No surgery is without risk, and all patients contemplating surgery should understand that swelling, bleeding, or infection may result.

Conclusion

Patients in North Decatur to Sandy Springs, GA— or throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area— with concerns about hyperhidrosis can receive treatments that bring life back into balance. There’s no need to “sweat it” another minute! Call Dr. Kathleen J. Smith to make an appointment now at 678-904-4932.

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