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Suffer from hyperhidrosis - New Procedure makes it no sweat - Ogden Clinic provided source, Standard-Examiner 06/25/2013

(Standard-Examiner) OGDEN — More than 211 million people around the world suffer from profuse sweating.

According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, more than 8 million of those folks live in America. And whether it’s caused by stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, medical conditions or genetics, it can be an embarrassing problem for many.

“No one really knows why some people sweat more than others,” said Dr. Chad Tingey, a dermatologist at Ogden Clinic. “It’s likely linked to genetics. Some people’s armpits sweat 1,000 times worse than others, and it can be very stressful or traumatizing for some.”

Each of us has millions of sweat glands all over our bodies, said Tingey. In our armpits alone, we have more than 1 million sweat glands.

Tingey is one of only two physicians in Utah performing a new procedure that delivers energy to destroy the sweat glands. MiraDry is a non-invasive technology that Tingey said provides lasting results.

“MiraDry is a permanent solution for excessive sweating in the armpits,” he said. “Additional studies are underway to determine its effectiveness on other parts of the body.”

The procedure is done by numbing the armpit with local anesthesia. Then, using a template, the miraDry machine is used to deliver precise microwave energy to areas of the armpit. The first treatment reduces sweat by 60 percent, and the second treatment reduces it by nearly 100 percent, Tingey said.

Each treatment takes about an hour to complete. The cost for the entire procedure at Ogden Clinic is roughly $2,800 to $3,000. Insurance does not typically cover the cost.

Tingey said there are no permanent side effects from miraDry. However, patients will experience some swelling and numbness for a few weeks following the procedure, so they should use ice for a few days.

Tingey said humans lose less than 2 percent of heat through their armpits, so it’s not necessary to have sweat glands in that area of the body.

Another treatment for hyperhidrosis is Botox, which lasts about four months. A surgical option is also available, which requires a physician to deflate the lung and cut the nerve to the armpit.

“With these procedures, a lot of patients experience compensatory sweating elsewhere,” Tingey said. “With miraDry, I haven’t had one patient experience compensatory sweating.”