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Treating Excess Sweating With Multiple Treatment Options At MEDSTAR

Yes, it is possible to treat excess sweating conditions with the help of effective multiple options at our sweat clinic in Dubai. Let’s get rid of embarrassing and dehydrating excess sweating with the help of our experienced doctors and safe result-oriented treatment options.

What is excess sweating?

● The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. Sweating is a normal phenomenon for cooling down the body but in this condition, a person suffers from excessive sweating without any apparent reason like exercise or a hot climate. Excess sweat can result in uncomfortable and embarrassing situations.

● According to the area of sweating, it can be:

○ Focal or Primary hyperhidrosis: It is the condition of excessive sweating involving a body part like armpits, hands, feet, lower back, genitals, face and head. Usually, young people below 25 years are affected by focal hyperhidrosis.

○ Generalised or Secondary hyperhidrosis: It is the condition of excessive sweating involving the whole body. Mostly, adults suffer from this condition.

What Are The Causes of hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is casued by:

● Genetics

● Spicy or citrus food

● Stress and anxiety

● Spinal cord injury

● Dysautonomia (autonomic dysfunction)

● Heat, humidity and exercise.

● Infections like tuberculosis.

● Cancer of the lymphatic system

● Menopause.

● Metabolic disorders like hyperthyroidism, diabetes, gout, pituitary disease etc

● Drugs like antidepressants and insulins

What Are The Symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis causes:

● Pooling of underarms or back.

● Uncomfortable soaking of the clothes

● Sweat beads on cheeks or forehead

● Damp hair and scalp

● Damp socks

● Slippery hands

● Itching and inflammation due to constant irritation by sweat-drenched clothes

● Body odour due to bacterial growth

● Noticeable white marks on clothing

● Skin discolouration

● Abnormal soft and disintegrating skin of soles of feet

● Dehydration

Are You Eligible for hyperhidrosis?

● Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing and people suffering from it usually don't want to talk about it. The patient must consider visiting the dermatologist in case of:

○ Excessive sweating is affecting the daily routine activities

○ Making patients avoid social interactions

○ Sweating is causing infections, itching or dehydration

○ Body odour

○ Skin irritation due to damp clothes

○ Skin folds infection due to moisture

● Consult our experienced dermatologist for the proper diagnosis to find out the cause and effective treatment of hyperhidrosis.

Why choose MEDSTAR for hyperhidrosis treatment? The MEDSTAR Advantage

At MEDSTAR, we have a highly experienced clinical team and the latest updated infrastructure for the treatment of patients suffering from excessive sweating. There are several options available at our sweat clinic that are safe and effective with the least complications. We help our patients by both diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of hyperhidrosis.

What happens in hyperhidrosis treatment?

● In hyperhidrosis treatment, the underlying cause of excessive sweating is identified and treated accordingly. In case of no apparent cause then symptomatic treatment of excessive sweating is done.

● Treatment options for hyperhidrosis include:

○ Medications: Creams and antiperspirants are prescribed to reduce topical sweating. Nerve blocking agents and antidepressants are also used to decrease both focal and generalised sweating.

○ Botulinum toxin injections like botox are used to block the nerve stimulation of the particular area resulting in reduced or no sweating.

○ Microwave therapy is used to deliver microwave energy to destroy sweat glands.

○ Sweat gland removal in cases of no response to other treatments.

○ Nerve surgery (sympathectomy) is used to cut, burn or clamp the spinal nerves that control sweating.

● Before deciding on the treatment option, the doctor will ask the patient to get some blood tests done for thyroid and sugar levels. Sweat tests like the iodine-starch test are also required to precisely locate and treating the overactive sweat glands.

What are the various options for hyperhidrosis treatment at MEDSTAR?

Botulinum toxin injections 

● Botulinum toxin injections like botox are used for treating hyperhidrosis in patients not responsive to antiperspirants. In this FDA approved hyperhidrosis treatment option, a small amount of botulinum toxin is injected into the targeted area having overactive sweat glands. This toxin blocks the nerve stimulation for sweat glands resulting in no sweat. Read more about botox injections (link)

● This procedure is safe and the results can last up to 4 months. Also, this toxin will act on the sweat glands of the injected area only, there is no generalised effect and the patient will need multiple injections to treat several sweating areas.

Microwave therapy

● In this treatment, a microwave emitting handheld device is used to destroy the sweat glands of the affected area. It reduces sweating permanently and is mostly used for treating excessive sweating of the underarms. This is the latest non-invasive FDA approved procedure for treating hyperhidrosis.

● This whole procedure is completed in an hour and the patient can go home the same day.

Surgery

● Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat hyperhidrosis. This surgery requires local or general anaesthesia. In this surgery, very small incisions are made through which the sympathetic nerve chain is cut or clamped to block the sympathetic nerve activity for sweating. This surgical approach for the overactive sweat gland results in quick recovery and fewer surgical complications.

● Surgical removal of sweat glands is performed by the dermatologist under local anaesthesia. The sweat gland is removed by:

○ Surgical excision of the sweat gland

○ Liposuction technique by suctioning it out

○ Scrapping or curettage of sweat gland

○ Vaporization by lasers

  • The patient is advised to:
    • Avoid touching, scratching or rubbing the treated area for the next 48 hours.
    • Avoid vigorous exercise for the next 48 hours
    • Use antiperspirants after recovery
    • Keep the wound clean and dry
    • To take prescribed medications for pain and swelling 
    • Take a day off in case of surgery
  • In case of severe allergic reactions, infections, abnormal swelling and pain, contact the doctor immediately.

Hyperhidrosis treatment options are safe and help in controlling sweating. Results of non-surgical options like Botox injections can last up to 4 months and the patient will need multiple injections at regular intervals to maintain the results. In the case of surgery and microwave therapy, the results are permanent. Hyperhidrosis treatment helps in managing excessive sweating and often greatly improve the quality of life of the patient.

Is hyperhidrosis harmful?

Hyperhidrosis is not harmful but it can affect the quality of life of the patient negatively. Excess sweating can cause:

● Uncomfortable soaking of the clothes

● Sweat beads on cheeks or forehead

● Damp hair and scalp

● Damp socks

● Slippery hands

● Itching and inflammation due to constant irritation by sweat-drenched clothes

● Body odour due to bacterial growth

● Noticeable white marks on clothes

● Skin discolouration

● Abnormal soft and disintegrating skin of soles of feet

● Dehydration

Is excessive sweating treatable?

Excessive sweating can be controlled by:

● Lifestyle changes like using antiperspirants, bathing regularly, avoiding tight clothes and changing clothes daily.

● Medications like antidepressants and nerve blocking agents

● Botulinum toxin injections or botox to paralyse the nerves temporarily

● Microwave therapy is used to destroy sweat glands of the affected area with the help of a hand-held device.

● Surgical removal of sweat glands and cutting & clamping of the nerve responsible for sweating stimulation.

What is the starch-iodine test?

The starch-iodine test is used for locating the overactive sweating glands on the affected area. In this test, the affected area is dried and an iodine solution is applied. After drying, the starch powder is dusted all over the surface. Saturated iodine-starch paper is placed over this area. Sweat moisture changes the colour from brown to the blue of the applied solution marking the location of sweat glands on the affected area.

Which hyperhidrosis treatment is permanent?

Microwave therapy and surgery are the permanent treatment options for hyperhidrosis. Microwave therapy destroys sweat glands permanently with the help of heat. Surgery helps in excessive sweating management by the surgical removal of the sweat glands. Surgery is also used to cut and clamp the sympathetic nerves responsible for the sweat gland stimulation.

What medical conditions can cause excessive sweating?

Certain medical conditions can cause generalised or secondary excessive sweating affecting the whole body and are common in adults. These conditions are:

● Stress and anxiety

● Spinal cord injury

● Dysautonomia (autonomic dysfunction)

● Infections like tuberculosis.

● Cancer of the lymphatic system

● Menopause

● Metabolic disorders like hyperthyroidism, diabetes, gout, pituitary disease etc

● Drugs like antidepressants and insulins

Can botox help with excessive sweating?

Yes, botox or botulinum toxin injections are FDA approved treatment used for excessive sweating. This toxin is used to paralyse the nerves responsible for the stimulation of the sweat glands and the production of sweat. The results are safe without the downtime and can last up to or more than 4 months.

What are the surgical options for hyperhidrosis treatment?

Surgical options for hyperhidrosis are:

1. Sympathectomy: In this surgery, the sympathetic nerves responsible for the stimulation of sweat glands are cut and clamped permanently. This results in no sweating of the affected area.

2. Sweat gland removal: In this surgery, sweat glands are permanently removed surgically. Sweat glands are removed by the procedure of surgical excision, liposuction, scrapping or the use of lasers.

What are the complications of hyperhidrosis treatment?

Hyperhidrosis treatment is safe but there are some common complications that resolve in a couple of days like mild swelling, pain and redness. Other possible and rare complications requiring medical help include:

● Hematomas

● Ecchymosis

● Seromas

● Loss of local sensitivity

● Necrosis and infection

● Loss of hairs

● Fibrosis

● Scars

● Recurrence of hyperhidrosis




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