Maiden Lane Medical
Dermatologists located in New York, NY
Do you sweat so much it’s embarrassing? Do you wish there was a way to stop the excessive sweating? Dermatology specialist Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, MD, at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City may have a solution to help treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Call the office or book an appointment online at the midtown Manhattan location to see Dr. Sanchez
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used to describe excessive sweating that interferes with your everyday life. It typically causes excessive sweating in specific areas of your body, including your hands, feet, underarms, and head.
Sweating cools your body to prevent overheating, but excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis occurs without the need for body cooling.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
Doctors aren’t sure what causes hyperhidrosis but theorize it may be an overreaction of the nerves in your body that control sweating.
There are common factors that may increase your risk of developing the condition, including:
- Family history
- Food and medicine that cause excessive sweating
- Medical conditions that cause the body to sweat such as diabetes or menopause
Hyperhidrosis affects about 3% of the population in the United States, although doctors suspect this number may be higher because many people don’t seek treatment for excessive sweating.
How do you treat hyperhidrosis?
The dermatologist at Maiden Lane Medical must first understand the cause of your hyperhidrosis to provide the right treatment. To determine the cause, Dr. Sanchez examines the areas of your body that sweat excessively and asks relevant questions. He may also order special tests to help him determine your diagnosis.
Once he’s determined the cause, treatment options might include:
- Use of an at-home no-sweat machine
- Botox® injections
Antiperspirants are a simple and inexpensive solution that might solve your problem. Dr. Sanchez recommends brands and proper application of the antiperspirant to reduce sweating.
The no-sweat machine, or iontophoresis, is a medical device that uses water and low-voltage waves to temporarily shut down the sweat glands in your hands and feet.
How does Botox help with hyperhidrosis?
Botox injections block the chemical that tells your sweat glands to produce sweat. The injections are composed of a weak form a botulinum toxin A. The Food and Drug Administration has only approved the use of Botox for hyperhidrosis under the arms, but researchers are investigating its effectiveness on other areas of the body.
Dr. Sanchez injects several small doses in specific areas under your arms. The injections take effect about five days after treatment and keep you sweat-free for up to six months.
If your sweating is out of control and you’d like to learn your options for treatment, call Maiden Lane Medical today or book an appointment using the online booking agent.