Whether it’s your hands or your armpits that are constantly sweaty, today’s medical advancements can resolve this issue and improve your quality of life.
How does the sweating mechanism work?
Sweating is one of the body’s defense mechanisms, activated when physiological changes resulting from body temperature changes occur, such as athletic activity or exposure to excessive heat or stress. The external heat source causes dilation of the blood vessels, which transports the heat to the surface of the skin,
helps it diffuse and cool the body down. This causes the skin to heat up and redden. Sweat, which is mostly composed of water, allows evaporation and fast cooling of the body. As a rule of thumb, the greater the effort, the more you sweat.
What is hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)?
Excessive sweating, also known as focused sweating, derives from a disorder in heat regulation, and is characterized by being focused in specific areas of the body – mostly the palms of the hands, but at times also in the face and in the armpits. The disorder usually appears during puberty, and even though it is not
considered to be dangerous to your health, it definitely constitutes an aesthetic and a social problem.
The level of severity of the disorder may vary between mild to severe. The extreme condition causes constant dripping of sweat from the palms of the hands. Situations where stress or excitement are present, as well as hot weather, may exacerbate the problem.
The problematic areas are the palms of the hands and the armpits. The most annoying expression of the disorder is the sweating of palms of the hands. The phenomenon mostly starts at the age of 8 – 10 years and exacerbates with age. The disorder persists during both winter and summer, however is becomes more
severe with a rise in the temperatures.
What solution can medicine offer to excessive sweating?
A long term solution for the issue of excessive sweating is burning and dissection of the sympathetic nerves in the chest, which are responsible for excessive sweating in the armpits and in the palms of the hands. This surgery is called “sympathectomy” and is performed as an invasive procedure, in the operating room. In
practice, the sympathetic nerve which descends in the back wall of the chest is cut off bilaterally, in the same manner.
This surgery, approved by the Ministry of Health, may resolve the issue, however, in approximately 40% of the cases, “compensatory” sweating appears in other body areas, which cannot be predicted beforehand.
Surgery or injection to treat excessive sweating?
The most popular treatment is an injection of the neurotoxic protein botulinum toxin. This is a simple injection to the problematic area, such as the armpits or the palms, and the reaction is fast. At times, local anesthesia is required, such as using a desensitizing cream.
The idea is to force relaxation of the muscles controlling the contraction of sweat glands. The treatment requires a number of repeated injections to the treated areas. This is a common treatment, with a satisfactory outcome. Since both the treatment and the responses are individual, the response may on occasion be poor.
Injection of the substance requires 15 – 20 minutes, and does not necessitate any diversion from your routine.
The professional expertise is demonstrated by the accuracy of the injections and the quantity of the injected material. This is the only way to avoid adverse side effects. At Elman Clinics we have the vast experience and the skilled staff that ensures the best possible treatment results.