Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can be a side effect of some medical problems, usually happens in adolescents and adults.
Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, LA-based plastic surgeon who specializes in treating hyperhidrosis says that no one really knows what causes it, but can affect any part of the body, typically occurs in the armpits, hands, feet, or head.
He reasoned out two things: “The brain and nervous system are sending too many signals to sweat. Or, the nervous system is acting normally but sweat glands in a certain area are hyperactive.”
Conservative ways and aggressive procedures are available for the treatments of hyperhidrosis, such as:
Prescription antiperspirants. A prescription-strength one, like Drysol, has a higher concentration of aluminum chloride that may be strong enough to stop sweating.
Oral medications. Anticholinergics are a class of medications that block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine—which is responsible for telling the body to sweat. However, those meds may come with some unpleasant side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and blurred vision.
For Dr. Karamanoukian, there are two types of zapping procedures; zapping overactive sweat glands with electricity or zapping overactive sweat glands with microwaves.
With electricity, the procedure involves placing the affected area in water, and then waving a device that sends an electrical charge over it and basically tasers the sweat glands.
With microwave energy it targets the layer of the skin that contains sweat glands, heat them up, and make the excess ones disappear.
Another is thru Botox, it works by blocking the signals from the nerves that activate sweat glands in a certain area it should be done by an experienced practitioner.
Lastly is thru surgery, a treatment called suction curettage can be done the doctor described it as, “a minimally invasive surgical procedure where actually suck out sweat glands from underneath the skin, incisions are tiny, and it works really well.”
Another surgery is called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). It’s invasive, and put under general anesthesia. He also said, “It involves clipping the nerve that gives the message to the sweat glands and armpit.”
The specialized surgeon also pointed out that revolutionized treatments on sweating might definitely modernize in the next couple of years.