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Everything About Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) Treatment
How does sweating happen? Sweating happens when the sweat gets out through the pores and evaporates eventually. It cools off the body within the process. Contrary to common belief, sweat itself is in fact odorless and what causes odor is the reaction of bacterias existing in the human body with sweat.
Hyperhidrosis on the other hand is a condition where excessive sweating in various parts of the human body can be experienced. Hyperhidrosis does not cool off the body. While it can affect different body parts for no obvious reason at all, it can also be triggered by anxiety or certain emotions and conditions such as pregnancy, low blood sugar, infections, types of food consumed and certain medications. Extreme sweating can occur on areas without getting triggered by a specific reason and these areas include;
- Palms of the hands
- Soles of the feet
Excessive sweating can create discomfort to some extent for many. Some prefer consulting to medical professionals to decrease the negative effects of hyperhidrosis on their lives, some go for hyperhidrosis treatment hacks that are in line with changing their lifestyles; such as using stronger antiperspirants, wearing comfortable light clothes, avoiding certain situations that can trigger extreme emotions and anxiety.
Medical treatments to treat hyperhidrosis on the other hand include Iontophoresis, botox injections, and microwave therapy. Iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis treatment includes placement of hands and feet in a tub with water where a special device generates electrical current through the water. The aim is to prevent glands from producing extreme sweating. Hence Iontophoresis can be considered as a sweaty hands and feet treatment. This type of excessive sweating treatment might require multiple sessions lasting from 20 to 40 minutes and it is an effective hyperhidrosis treatment for hands. Botox injections to treat hyperhidrosis on the other side is a treatment method where botox for sweatingis applied (for example; botox in armpits, hyperhidrosis treatment for face) onto the areas to prevent extreme sweating. This treatment can be a bit more expensive compared to the previous one mentioned, and also requires multiple sessions. Microwave therapy is a newer and FDA-approved treatment that takes longer to see some visible results. The treatment includes placement of an advanced device. The device then sends electromagnetic energy to the overactive area to help sweat gland removal. This device is used to provide hyperhidrosis treatment for armpits only as the underarm area has more fat compared to hands or feet where fat tissues are lesser. Therefore preferring iontophoresis in this case provides better alterenative hyperhidrosis treatment for feet sweating. It is also proved that this treatment has improved patients quality of life.
Depending on the severity of hyperhidrosis, your doctor can guide you through one of these treatments or suggest hyperhidrosis surgery to remove the glands via medical operation. The procedure includes an area to be numbed while the patient is awake. During the procedure, liposuction, laser surgery, or curettage (scraping off the glands) can be used for removal.
As Vanity, we can offer you guidance on hyperhidrosis treatments. Our selected few experts here at Vanity, perform various medical operations and some of those medical procedures are; breast reconstruction, gynecomastia, breast reduction, eyelid surgeries and not limited to those only. Feel free to contact us for further information if you wish to discover more about any treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How I cured my hyperhidrosis?
There is no definitive cure for hyperhidrosis. Some might prefer taking prescription pills to reduce sweating while others explore other medical treatment types mentioned such as iontophoresis, botox, or surgery.
When should I be concerned about sweating?
If you also experience chest pain, nausea, and dizziness, in addition to excessive sweating, you should immediately consult a doctor.
What foods reduce sweat?
Drinking a good amount of water, consuming foods with high calcium, bananas, almonds, whey, and green tea are some of the foods that can help reduce sweat. Not consuming spicy and hot food also prevents sweating.
Is hyperhidrosis genetic?
Focal hyperhidrosis is indeed a genetic condition dependent on ethnicity.
How do you know if you have hyperhidrosis?
If you experience extreme sweating for no reason to a level to get discomfort, you are likely to have hyperhidrosis.
Does hyperhidrosis go away?
There is no permanent cure from hyperhidrosis other than reducing the effects by implementing certain lifestyle changes and treatments mentioned such as Iontophoresis, botox injections and microwave therapy.
Is hyperhidrosis serious?
It is not considered as a serious condition but it is advised to consult a doctor to check if any underlying reasons exist.
Does drinking water help stop sweating?
Yes, drinking water, tea can help reduce sweat.
Can hyperhidrosis be cured naturally?
Sage tea is a great natural remedy to treat it in addition to acupuncture and various relaxation techniques.
What is the main reason for hyperhidrosis?
An issue with the nervous system can cause it.
Who is most likely to get hyperhidrosis?
Anyone who experiences extreme stress, between the ages of 18-39 especially. It has links to genetics as well.
What is the most effective treatment for hyperhidrosis?
Spironolactone is generally reversible after stopping the medicine intake.
How do dermatologists diagnose hyperhidrosis?
Sometimes it disappears in time without any need for gynecomastia recovery treatments.
How common is hyperhidrosis
According to a research on sweathelp.org, %5 of the world population have %5 hyperhidrosis also known as excessive sweating.
The page content is for informational purposes only. The content of this page does not include items containing information on therapeutic health care. For diagnosis and treatment, you must consult your physician or consult the physicians in our clinic. The content has been written regarding the following sources by Vanity Estetik doctors.
AAD – Hyperhidrosis: Diagnosis and Treatment
Cleveland Clinic – Hyperhidrosis
NHS Inform – Hyperhidrosis
Nivea – Causes & Remedies for Excessive Sweatening
Genome-wide linkage analysis of families with primary hyperhidrosis
International Hyperhidrosis Society – Natural Remedies