While dozens sat in dermatology no doubt waiting for the next fountain of youth cure, I'm there seeking a cure for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a medical term for excessive sweating.
I'm still wondering why I needed a referral from my primary care doctor to see a dermatologist, when she could have easily prescribed Glycopyrrolate, which is what the dermatologist did. I'll ask at my next appointment but for now, I can care less; I'm going through a crisis.
What makes my situation crucial is that I have lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks itself, instead of fighting off infection. When there's inflammation, damage or potential damage to internal and external organ systems may occur.
Lupus could be the underlying cause of my hyperhidrosis. It doesn't help that I'm menopausal as hot flashes and sweating comes with that. Lupus is one of those tricky diseases where you never know what caused what because it mimics other disorders.
What I know for sure is that I cannot afford to assume anything when it comes to my body, as long as I have lupus. The amount of sweating I'm doing is not normal to me. The feeling of someone splashing a bucket of water on me from head to toe at any given moment (with or without any physical activity) is not normal to me.
Glycopyrrolate is supposed to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands in the body. I researched this medication myself although the doctor told me of the risks and benefits. Like most medications, they have different uses other than what it's prescribed for.
Botox injections for hyperhidrosis are administered in certain areas whereas Glycopyrrolate is given in tablet form.
When seeking treatment, be sure to tell your dermatologist exactly what symptoms you're having and where.
Question: Did you know that dermatologists treat systemic-related conditions?
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