Medical Services - Hyperhidrosis
Do you suffer from excess sweating? Are your shirts always stained with sweat? Do you avoid shaking hands with people because your palms are wet? Are your feet too wet to comfortably enjoy activities such as skiing?
If the answer to the above is “Yes”, you should be aware that:
-You are not alone.
-Effective, safe therapy is available.
-We are here for you in a confidential and compassionate medical setting.
Hyperhidrosis or excess sweating is a common condition which can affect the armpits, palms, soles, face, or other body areas. This frustrating condition can be embarrassing and can negatively impact quality of life.
We offer many effective solutions for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis in Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Castle Rock, Denver, and surrounding areas. The following are some of the treatments that we offer:
- Botox. Botox provides effective relief of hyperhidrosis of the armpits, palms, and soles, with results lasting six months or longer. Treatment is quick, non-invasive, and has no downtime. Tiny, shallow needle injections are given to the affected area. Proper injection technique is important for best results. All Botox injections in our office are performed by expert injector Dr. Richard Ort. We use cold air to minimize any discomfort from the tiny injections. Botox has been life-changing for our patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis.
- Qbrexa (glycopyrronium) cloths. This is an exciting, new anti-cholinergic medicine which was recently FDA-approved for treatment of axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis. When wiped once daily under the arm, the medicine inhibits nerve signaling to the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat produced. Dr. Ort has also prescribed oral glycopyrrolate with good success, but topical treatment is generally preferred over oral to reduce the risk for side effects.
- Topical antiperspirants. Drysol or aluminum chloride solution up to 20% can be applied to the skin to block sweat ducts and reduce sweating. This can cause irritation and stinging in some patients. The solution should be applied to dry skin at bedtime and then washed off in the morning. Do not apply to broken, irritated, or recently shaved skin.
- Iontophoresis. This can be an effective option for hyperhidrosis of the palms and soles. Iontophoresis is a home treatment which uses a small electrical device and a shallow water bath. The hands and/or feet are placed into the water tray and a mild electrical current is applied for about 10-20 minutes per session.
- MiraDry. This technology uses microwave energy to permanently damage the underarm sweat glands. It requires the area to be numbed with local anesthetic before treatment and has some recovery time. While this is a more invasive treatment, it can be an option for those patients looking for a more long-lasting solution. (Not available in our practice).