Offering Help and Treatment for Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, beyond what is needed to control body temperature, is called hyperhidrosis and affects nearly 3 percent of the population. Most commonly, excessive sweating occurs in the underarms, hands, feet, forehead or groin. Hyperhidrosis can have a profound impact on daily life, making even simple tasks and interactions difficult.
Fortunately, there are options for treating excessive sweating. In the SLUCare Hyperhidrosis Clinic, our team evaluates your history of excessive sweating, provides a physical exam, and discusses the treatments that may be best for your type of sweating disorder.
- Topical medications for excessive sweating
- Oral prescription medication that reduces sweating
- Iontophoresis treatment of the hands and feet (soaking the areas in a water bath with weak electric current)
- Botox® injections into affected areas
- Surgical suction removal of underarm sweat glands
- miraDry® procedure to destroy underarm sweat glands
- Axillary (underarm) sweat gland liposuction
Access to New Technologies and Clinical Trials
SLUCare regularly offers patients the option to participate in hyperhidrosis clinical trials, providing access to the newest treatments for excessive sweating. Your physician can help you determine if you qualify.
To make an appointment with the Hyperhidrosis Clinic, call 314-977-9666.
Before Your First Appointment
Please print and fill out the new patient hyperhidrosis history form prior to your first appointment. Bring the form to your appointment so that our clinicians can review your medical history and discuss the diagnostic criteria for primary focal hyperhidrosis.
It is helpful to have a detailed list of medications or treatments you have used in the past. Medical records documenting previous treatments are of benefit if we must contact your insurance company for approval of second or third line treatments.
As part of the physical exam, the clinic staff may perform a starch iodine test to identify areas of overactive sweat production. This non-invasive test is quick and easy.
Your input is important in choosing an effective treatment plan for hyperhidrosis. After reviewing and explaining treatment options, our clinicians will take into account your unique needs. Together we will take steps toward controlling your excessive sweating.