There is a clear connection between stress and excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis). Stress causes the release of key stress hormones, such as epinephrine (adrenaline). These stress hormones can have a direct effect on the sweat glands, causing them to become overactive. Fortunately, in Ottawa, there are effective options for people with excessive sweating, including Botox for hyperhidrosis.
What are the key ways hyperhidrosis can affect someone?
Hyperhidrosis, especially when severe, can greatly impact a person’s overall quality of life, productivity, and social interactions. Studies have demonstrated that the disruptiveness of hyperhidrosis on daily activities is similar to that of other chronic diseases. People with hyperhidrosis in Ottawa may have trouble at work, shaking or holding hands, writing, or typing on a computer. They may need to bring extra shirts and socks with them for regular changes, are limited in the type of clothing they can wear, and frequent the bathroom to dry their clothes and reapply antiperspirant. Finally, people who sweat excessively in Ottawa may feel embarrassed, and therefore may be less engaging in social settings.
What treatments are available for excessive sweating Ottawa?
There are a number of available treatments for primary hyperhidrosis in Ottawa. Many patients start with regular and potent antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride, such as Drysol. However, potent antiperspirants may be irritating to the skin and are often ineffective in severe hyperhidrosis. Some oral medications may be effective as well as iontophoresis where a very light electrical current is used to decrease the activity of the sweat glands. Botulinum Toxin A (Botox©) is approved for focal underarm (axillary) hyperhidrosis, and has been shown to decrease sweat by up to 80%. In very severe cases, surgery may be indicated. At Concept Medical in Ottawa, we offer Botox to our patients with hyperhidrosis.
What is some non-medical intervention for controlling excessive sweating?
For primary hyperhidrosis, avoiding triggers such as heat, spicy food, stress, smoking, and alcohol may be beneficial.
For more information about hyperhidrosis treatment options in Ottawa, please contact Concept Medical.