Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis) is a bothersome and embarrassing medical condition affecting both men and women. People who suffer from it are usually frustrated from trying all forms of deodorants and antiperspirants to fight it. You might be one of the (at least) 2% of the population that has this problem.

It usually starts in puberty and can quickly cause people to feel shy in social gatherings.

Handshakes are avoided, clothing colors are limited, cleaning bills are huge, clothes become stained and ruined, and the most outgoing person can feel tentative in simple day-to-day outings. Sweat can affect your grip on things like tools or ladders, a potentially dangerous situation.

Excessive sweating can show up in your underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis) or on the face.

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

The exact cause of excessive sweating is unknown, but there are lots of factors that can contribute to it. If sweating runs in your family, chances are you will sweat too. Some neurologic, metabolic, or systemic diseases are linked to excessive sweating.

More commonly, heat and high emotions are the usual suspects in triggering unwanted perspiration. Unfortunately, the more you sweat in social situations, the more aware of it you become, the more nervous you become. It's a vicious cycle that many know all too well.

Tired of Failed Remedies?

People who suffer from excessive sweating will typically try every sort of commercial deodorant or antiperspirant that they can get their hands on. Most assume they just haven't found the one that "works for me." The unfortunate reality is that they are chemically pretty similar. If one fails, most others will fail for the same reasons.

Some people have tried prescription-strength antiperspirants, which contain more aluminum chloride than over-the-counter products. These can yield some results, but can also lead to itching or burning in the areas that you apply it on. These products also cost 3-4 times more than over-the-counter products.

Oral medication can help, but most people find the side-effects (primarily fatigue) intolerable.

The modern solutions:

York Laser and MedSpa offers two excellent options for hyperhidrosis:

  • miraDry
  • Nerve blockers

MiraDry is a device that use microwaves to kill sweat galnds. Only the underarms can be treated with miraDry. Each treatment takes about one hour. Results are immediate. Each miraDry treatment reduces sweat by about 80%*. Most people do one to three treatments. Since dead sweat glands are gone forever, you don't have to repeat treatments. 

Nerve blockers interfere with the transmission of signals from nerves to sweat glands. With no nerve impulses telling the glands to make sweat, your gland dries up. This can be used to finally control the sweating in your underarms, palms of your hands, and the soles of your feet.*

The simple procedure involves a few tiny injections into the skin using a very short needle. We can treat your underarms in about 10 minutes, your palms or soles in about 20 minutes.

The effects of a single treatment can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months with 6 months being typical.*

Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you with your excessive sweating today. You can contact us by calling (905) 726-1126 to book an appointment.

*Results may vary.