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“I am constantly worried and embarrassed that someone will see my underarm sweat stains. I’ve tried so many things to help control my severe underarm sweating, but i have not found anything that works. A friend of mine told me to try a dermatologist. How can you help with underarm sweating?”

Susie Reed from Hull Dermatology answers:

“That’s a great question. Severe underarm sweating is a medical condition known as primary accellary hyperhydrosis, which involves overactive sweat glands. Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In severe hyperhydrosis, sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements for cooling. Many people do not realize that their excessive underarm sweating is a medical condition and that it can be treated, so they often do not seek out a doctor. When patients seek out a dermatologist for treatment of severe hyperhydrosis, usually topical agents and oral prescription medications are tried first. If these fail to manage hyperhydrosis, or if intollerable side effects occur, botox is often considered the next treatment option. Botox temporarily blocks the chemicals signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat. A botox treatment typically lasts up to six months. Botox injections are not a cure for severe underarm sweating, and your symptoms will gradually return. That’s when you know it’s time for another treatment. Best of all, botox is often covered by health insurance for this condition if other medications have been unsuccessful. For more information, visit www.dontsweat-it.com to see and hear real patients tell real stories about their experiences.”

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