It is a well-known fact that everyone perspires under certain conditions. These conditions include high temperatures, intense exercise, mental and emotional stress, etc. In certain people, perspiration may occur at an alarmingly excessive rate.
This can cause major problems for them in their social life, as well as their professional and day-to-day activities in general. In particularly excessive cases, it may even cause psychological issues.
The mere image of a person who is constantly sweating may well appear bizarre in any social environment and attract much unwanted attention. In some cases, this may be accompanied by stains on their clothes or even an unpleasant smell.
Those people who perspire from their palms, exhibiting palmar hyperhidrosis, experience a serious problem when called upon to shake hands, as the person they are shaking hands with, will in all likelihood be shocked by the sensation of a sweaty hand.
Other people respire excessively from the armpits, causing their clothes to always appear drenched in the place in question. A frequent complaint amongst such cases is that they can only wear clothes of a certain material and colouration.
Forehead perspiration causes a different type of problem; it does not present a pleasant image when you have sweat dribbling down to your chin. This is particular problematic for female subjects who are attempting to use makeup.
Some people even suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis, i.e. sweating from the soles of the feet. In such cases, and in the case of females subjects in particular, it becomes impossible to wear certain types of footwear, as the feet will constantly slip out of them.
These, of course, are not the only areas of the body that may suffer from excessive perspiration and cause irritation to an extent that is only fully known by the subjects themselves.
TYPES OF TREATMENT
There are various ways of treating excessive perspiration, such as anti-perspirant sprays and cream, iontophorosis (which suppresses the perspiratory glands by galvanizing them through an electric current), surgical treatment involving the removal of the perspiratory glands, or sympathectomy, wherein the sympathetic nerves which trigger the glands are severed.
Whole perspiratory gland removal is an effective method, in some patients the scar tissue that will develop in the armpits may cause functional problems.
A sympathectomy is also effective, but may also cause functional complications and reactive perspiration.
Iontophorosis demands multiple operations, and rarely does it succeed in fully correcting the problem.
Anticholinergic drugs, administered via the mouth, can bring satisfying results for some patients, yet these may also cause side-effects such as blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth, and edema.
BOTOX AND SWEATING
It has been observed in recent years that botox treatment, in addition to its various functionalities in other sectors, can help combat hyperhidrosis. Botox in general is a drug which blocks nerve impulses. In its specific application against hyperhidrosis, botox blocks the impulse targeted at the perspiratory glands in order to trigger them into producing sweat. We must emphasize that the application of botox in such cases acts against excessive perispiration and not the natural production of sweat.
It is applied via diffuse injection under the skin of the area in question. The restriction of excessive perspiration begins after 2-3 days, and should be complete after 15 days. The results tend to last approximately six months, but may last for a shorter or longer period of time for certain people.
Many people who face problems of excessive perspiration, mainly during the summer, undergo this procedure once a year, at the start of the summer. The application tends to last between 15 and 20 minutes.
The procedure in question is quite safe. Botox, in addition to improving perspiration issues, also corrects wrinkles when applied to the forehead. After all, it is well known that botox has multiple applications, such as wrinkle correction and treating blepharospasm, torticollis, spastic conditions of the upper limbs and in general any problem stemming from overactive muscles.
CORRECTING HYPERHIDROSIS VIA LASER
This is a very recently developed technique, which at present mainly addresses hyperhidrosis in the armpits.
In such cases, a laser optical fibre is inserted under the skin and used to destroy the nerve endings which trigger the perspiratory glands.
This new method seems to produce acceptable, permanent results.
Botox is currently considered the main contemporary method of correcting excessive perspiration, and provides significant aid to all those who up until now considered the issue of hyperhidrosis unresolvable, drastically improving their psychology and outlook.