Do you suffer from a condition where you perspire frequently and in large quantities? What can be more embarrassing at the work place or social gatherings than to turn up with your clothes covered in sweat?
This skin condition can be emotionally challenging as well as socially and professionally disruptive
What are the causes?
Excessive sweating over which you have no control is a medical condition and it is called hyperhidrosis. The pathophysiology of it is complex.
The sweat glands play an important role in thermoregulation and are located throughout the body, but are concentrated in the hands, feet and armpits.
It categorised into:
- Localised - primary focal hyperhidrosis. It affects about 1% to 3% of the population, and usually starts in childhood or adolescence. It only affects specific parts of the body, such as the armpits, groin, head, face, hands, or feet. Symptoms also tend to be symmetrical, occurring on both sides equally. There's some evidence that it could run in families stem from a minor malfunction in the nervous system
- Generalised - secondary general hyperhidrosis. It causes severe sweating all over the body -- not just on the hands or feet. It is also more serious medically. It's called secondary because it's being caused by something else, such as an underlying health condition including menopause, thyroid problems, diabetes, some infectious diseases like tuberculosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, some cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Some medications can also cause general excessive sweating.
When you need to see your Doctor?
- Night sweats: if you're waking up in a cold sweat or you find your pillowcase and sheets are damp in the morning.
- Generalised sweating: if you're dripping all over your body, and not just from your head, face, underarms, groin, hands, or feet.
- Asymmetrical: if you notice that you're only perspiring from one side of your body, like one armpit.
- Sudden changes: if your sweating has suddenly gotten worse.
- Late onset: if you develop this condition when you're middle-aged or older. The more common primary focal hyperhidrosis usually starts in teenagers and young adults.
- Symptoms after medication changes: if an outbreak started up after you began a new drug.
- Sweating accompanied by other symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, increased thirst, increased urination, or cough.
What are the treatments for the condition?
While there is no cure for primary focal hyperhidrosis, there are ways to help control the symptoms. They include:
- Antiperspirants. Special over-the-counter or prescription sprays, lotions, and roll-ons can help control symptoms. Topical Aluminium chloride is used in regular antiperspirants. However, hyperhydrosis sufferers need solutions or gels with a much higher concentration to effectively treat the symptoms of the condition. The main secondary effect is irritation of the skin. Driclor, a brand of aluminium chloride, blocks glands and eventually destroys them. It is usually applied at night and washed off in the morning. Irritation is a common side effect, and may often require the use of hydrocortisone 1% to reduce this. Driclor is available over the counter
- Iontophoresis. This skin treatment uses low-level electrical impulses to temporarily disable the sweat glands. The minerals in the water clog them, limiting the amount of sweat released. Some people have seen great results while others see no effect
- Medications. Some drugs can stop the sweat glands from kicking into action.
- Protein Muscle Relaxant Injections
can temporarily stop the nerves from
triggering excessive sweating. It used
to block neural control of sweat glands.
The effects can last from 8–9 months
depending on the site of procedure. This
non surgical procedure most widely used
for excessive underarm sweating
- Sweat gland removal or destruction surgery. There are multiple methods for it removal or destruction such as sweat gland suction, retrodermal currettage, and axillary liposuction, Vaser, or Laser Sweat Ablation. Sweat gland suction is a technique adapted from liposuction. The other main surgical option is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), which cuts, burns, or clamps the thoracic ganglion on the main sympathetic chain that runs alongside the spine.
Excessive sweating injections therapy
- Anti-wrinkle injections have been widely used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, especially in the underarms axillary hyperhydrosis
- Palms and feet excessive
also quite effective
- Hyperhidrosis of the
scalp is much less practical
and less well tolerated.
It's commonly associated
with moderate to severe
facial blushing as well.
This condition often causes
the individual to become
self-conscious and to
develop a low self esteem
- A local anaesthetic cream is used to reduce the pain.
- After application of anaesthetic cream, Minor's starch-iodine test is performed. This involves putting iodine on the area to be treated and allowing the area to sweat for a while. Starch is placed on the area and the sweaty areas highlight in black. These areas are then treated.
- In general 50 units are
required to treat each
underarm, feet or hand.
- The results can last for up to a year and half. The injections will remain effective anywhere from 6 to 12 months or longer, depending on the patient *. However, usually the treatment lasts more then 8 months
- Patients treated with purified protein injections notice a remarkable improvement in their symptoms. In clinical studies, 95% of patients with hyperhydrosis experienced an improvement in their condition by an average of 83%.
In the hands of a skilful doctor, protein anti-wrinkles injections can provide results that are far beyond expectations. You therefore need to find a Melbourne clinic where the highest standards are maintained and the best quality materials are used.
Dr Merian Koh is highly skilled doctor with over 5 years experience in the industry. She is also Victorian trainer for Merz Aesthetics.
injections for excess sweating costs & prices
Excessive sweating treatment costs and prices vary widely depending on your overall situation and expectations. Your initial consultation is Medicare Bulk Billed.
Injectable anti-sweating treatment procedures priced from $1,080 when you buy 100 Units in bulk. Usually 100 units is enough to treat; both underarms for men or women.
hyperhidrosis quickly and effectively
with minimal discomfort.
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