Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that affects approximately 2 to 3 percent of the population. This disorder can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to deal with. Many people may wonder if they have idiopathic hyperhidrosis, or sweaty hands, and if there is a cure. Unfortunately many people don’t consult an expert physician who can properly diagnose hyperhidrosis.
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence our team of expert physicians are leaders in the field of hyperhidrosis from diagnosis to treatment, both medically and surgically. Our board-certified thoracic surgeons, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, use the most innovative and modern techniques to individualize a treatment plan for your idiopathic hyperhidrosis. To see whether you are suffering from hyperhidrosis and to schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles hyperhidrosis expert call us today at (888) 349-1398.
How Do Our Doctors Diagnose Hyperhidrosis?
Many people who have hyperhidrosis wonder if they are suffering from excessive sweating in their armpits, hands and feet. When you come in to the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our expert team will conduct a brief interview in which they discuss your medical history to learn more about your individual case. Then they will perform a physical exam. During the physical exam, one of two diagnostic tests will take place to help determine the extent of your hyperhidrosis.
- Starch-iodine test – An iodine solution is applied to the sweaty area and allowed to dry. Afterward, starch is sprinkled on the area, and the starch-iodine combination turns a dark blue color wherever there is excess sweat.
- Paper test – Special paper is placed on the affected area to absorb the sweat, and then weighed to measure sweat accumulation.
Once a detailed history, physical exam, and diagnostic test have been performed, your hyperhidrosis doctor will discuss your treatment options.
Treatment Options for Hyperhidrosis
Although hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing there are several treatment options available for you. Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller use a broad range of treatments to handle your excessive sweating. Some of the treatment options for hyperhidrosis include:
- Antiperspirants – The most conservative of treatment option, however not very effective especially in the long run. Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate that acts to clog the pores where sweat comes out. These treatment options may irritate the skin.
- Oral medications – Oral medications for hyperhidrosis are good for those in which topical medications have failed or have excessively irritated the skin. Most oral medications are anti-cholinergics but have a broader range of side effects than topical antiperspirants.
- Iontophoresis – Good for people who suffer from moderate palmar (hands) or plantar (foot) hyperhidrosis. It is not a practical solution for axillary hyperhidrosis. Iontophoresis works by sending small electrical impulses through the skin. The exact mechanism that allows this treatment to lessen sweating is not fully understood, but it is believed that the minerals in the sweat are changed by the impulse and clog the pore.
- Botox Injections – Botox injections are good treatment for those suffering from more severe hyperhidrosis of the palms, feet, and armpits. Botox injection last about 6-9 months and therefore needs to be repeated. Injections into the hands and feet can be uncomfortable and for that reason axillary injections are the most common and reliable.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture for hyperhidrosis may help to balance over-stimulated nerves and prevent excessive signaling for sweat production.
- Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy (Minimally Invasive Surgery) – This is a good choice for those who want a cure for their sweaty hands, feet, or armpits. It is a minimally invasive endoscopic surgery that can be performed on an outpatient basis. It works best for palmar (hands) or a combination of palmar and plantar (hands and feet) hyperhidrosis.
Contact a Los Angeles Hyperhidrosis Specialist
The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence in Los Angeles offers a team of renowned specialists that can diagnose hyperhidrosis as well as provide comprehensive management and treatment. For more information and to schedule a consultation, please call (888) 349-1398.
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