How to get rid of excessive sweating
Excessive sweating or as it is also called “hyperhidrosis” can cause significant discomfort. This unpleasant phenomenon can lower the level of self-confidence and cause more serious health problems. But often people take hyperhidrosis for granted and put up with it, which is a completely wrong approach.
If sweating occurs at times when you are nervous or when you are too hot, this is normal, and in some cases it is even useful, because this is how the body has the opportunity to lower the temperature. But when sweat is strongly released every day, at any time and in any place for no apparent reason, this is already a cause for concern.
Causes of increased sweating
In a healthy state, the nervous system signals the body when it needs to sweat. If sweating is excessive, it is caused by a too intense reaction of the nervous system.
The two main types of hyperhidrosis are:
◼ primary focal hyperhidrosis – begins in childhood or adolescence. A person can sweat completely, but more often sweating increases only in certain areas of the body. It can be palms, feet, armpits, upper lip, groin area or head;
◼ secondary hyperhidrosis can appear as a result of the primary cause, which can be diabetes, menopause, obesity, hyperactivity of the thyroid gland, or taking certain medications.
There are two main differences between these two types of hyperhidrosis:
◼ with primary focal hyperhidrosis, sweat is released on separate parts of the body, most often it is the palms;
◼ secondary hyperhidrosis includes sweating even during sleep. If you have focal hyperhidrosis, sweating starts right after waking up and usually night sweats are not the main symptom.
Why is it important to get rid of increased sweating
There are a number of ways by which you can effectively fight hyperhidrosis. It is worth paying attention to them, because in addition to the obvious feeling of discomfort, increased sweating can cause the development of medical problems.
First of all, the risk of skin diseases increases. The skin, which is constantly moistened with sweat, is an excellent environment for the development of pathogenic microorganisms. This not only provokes the appearance of a sharp unpleasant smell, but also causes irritation of the skin, opening a direct path for fungal infections, streptococci and staphylococci. As a result, pustular formations may appear on the skin.
Methods of treatment of hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is treatable and most people experience significant improvement after the procedures. The type of treatment you will be prescribed depends on your general health and the location of the excessive sweating. Treatment options include both the use of various drugs and surgery.
Often this is the first step in the fight against hyperhidrosis. Antiperspirants are applied directly to the skin (armpits, arms, legs or hairline).
When a person begins to sweat, the active substance enters the sweat glands, forming a plug. The body senses this and signals the glands to stop producing excess sweat.
Botulinum toxin injections
This drug is usually associated with the fight against wrinkles, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it as an antiperspirant. The doctor injects a small amount of this drug into different areas of the armpits. Botox temporarily blocks sweat gland-stimulating chemicals in your body.
Usually, the effect of injections lasts 5-9 months. The effect of drugs that block sweating begins after a couple of days, reaching its peak 10-14 days after the procedure. It is this method that is optimal in terms of the ratio of cost and efficiency.
You can see exactly how this procedure takes place at the Esteva Clinic aesthetic medicine center in our short and interesting video!
Systemic prescription drugs
Some oral medications interfere with sweat glands. They are used to treat excessive sweating throughout the body. However, such medicines can have many side effects, such as dryness of the eyes and other mucous membranes. Only a doctor can prescribe such drugs after conducting all the necessary examinations and tests.
These include surgical removal of sweat glands in the area of increased sweating using liposuction, laser surgery, or excision.
Another procedure, sympathectomy, is a more serious operation in which certain nerves are cut or destroyed. But such options for solving the problem are very radical, have various side effects, and the body will need time to recover after surgery.
Important facts about hyperhidrosis
We have collected for you various interesting and important facts about excessive sweating that you may not know:
◼ the disease affects people of any age and can start in any age;
◼ hyperhidrosis can appear regardless of whether you live in a warm or cold climate;
◼ research shows that you may be more likely to suffer from hyperhidrosis if someone in your family has a history of excessive sweating;
◼ about 365 million people worldwide suffer from profuse sweating. Dermatologists estimate that 3% of the US population suffers from this problem.
Esteva Clinic doctors specialize in injection methods of combating hyperhidrosis. If you suffer from excessive sweating and want to learn more about the treatment process, make an appointment with an Esteva Clinic dermatologist and get a comprehensive individual consultation!
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