Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that occurs because a body's mechanism for cooling itself is overactive. Duke dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating hyperhidrosis.
Our dermatologists are committed to treating a patient's hyperhidrosis using a number of methods including antiperspirants, iontopheresis, and Botox injections.
Antiperspirants are usually the first line of defense against excessive sweating because they are the least invasive form of treatment. Antiperspirants are available over-the-counter or in prescription strength though your doctor.
This treatment is often used for hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. Iontophoresis uses an electrical current through water to block the output of sweat.
Botulinum toxin A (Botox) injections are used to temporarily block the chemical that causes a body's sweat glands to activate.
Treatment is relatively painless and is usually done in the office as an outpatient procedure. You are able to return to normal activity the same day as treatment.
Results are usually seen within three to seven days and last for approximately six to 12 months for hyperhidrosis, but repeated treatment is often required to prolong the effect.
In the rare instance that the previous treatment methods don't work, our dermatologists can refer you for additional, invasive treatment options.
For more information or to make a dermatology appointment, call 919-684-3432.
Physicians offering this service include:
This service is available at: