Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) is a physiological condition in which people sweat more than their body needs to. In general hyperhidrosis, the entire body is affected. Usually hyperhiodrosis it is connected to certain metabolic disorders. On the other hand in focal hyperhidrosis there are certain body locations that are more affected than others. Palmar Hyperhidrosis for example, (sweaty hands) is the most bothersome one but it follows closely with Plantar Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) and Axillary Hyperhidrosis (sweaty armpits). Hyperhidrosis affects about 1 ½ to 2% of the worlds population and it presents itself as a potentially serious functional and social problem in peoples lives.
Over the last 20 years a lot of information has been gathered with regard to the conservative treatment as well as the surgical treatment of focal hyperhidrosis (Hand, Feet, Armpits). This website will try to bring you all the new information as it becomes available.
Many thanks to the Hyperhidrosis Center and Dr.Reisfeld for his willingness to provide professional medical advice on this topic. We highly recommend you visit his website as well.
(Update!) New Procedures For Excessive Foot & Armpit Sweating:
There are now improved surgical solutions available for those suffering from excessive foot or excessive armpit sweating. Please see our hyperhidrosis frequently asked questions page to learn more.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options:
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a subjective matter. People who suffer from this ailment are affected in different ways. We do not have a definite objective measure to tell about the severity of the problem. Obviously those that do not mind having hyperhidrosis should not seek any medical or surgical treatment but those who are affected should look for medical help. According to the classification given by the international hyperhidrosis society there are four levels that describe the severity of the problem. Basically it ranges from excessive sweating that affects the patient on a daily basis to those cases where they are affected at random. There are some conservative methods. If the conservative measures fail and a patient is still affected by excessive sweating then the patient should consider the proven surgical options available. It should be stressed that the different areas of excessive sweating on the body should be treated in different ways. There are different surgical procedures for the different areas of excessive sweating on the body.
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy should be directed to those patients who suffer from excessive hand sweating (Palmar Hyperhidrosis) This particular approach has about a 98-99% success rate for eliminating excessive hand sweating. It has less success with excessive armpit sweating or excessive foot sweating (Plantar Hyperhidrosis). There are improved procedures for specifically excessive foot sweating and excessive armpit sweating. Learn more about Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy.
For excessive foot sweating Lumbar Sympathectomy is now available as a surgical treatment of this problem. It has about a 97-98% success rate. It is a somewhat longer operation and the patients typically only have a one night stay at the hospital. Over the last couple of years more and more endoscopic lumbar sympathectomies are being done on an outpatient basis. Learn more about excessive foot sweating.
As in many other surgical interventions procedures are changed according to success rates and side effects. Various surgical methods were tried in the past to treat excessive armpit sweating. With the experience accumulated over the last 15 years the best method available currently is the combination of sub-dermal laser ablation complimented with axillary suction currettage. With these particular methods the two modalities are combined in order to achieve better success rates. The success rate is about 85-90% The operation is conducted under light general anesthesia and takes about 40 minutes to complete. Learn more about excessive armpit sweating.
Hyperhidrosis affects approximately betweem 1% and 2% of the worlds population. The effects of excessive hand sweating or severe palmar Hyperhidrosis can have functional as well as social implications. Patients have difficulties in handling computers, electrical equipment, playing musical instruments or just holding and shaking hands in social environments. Effective treatments have not exactly been accessible or available until recently with the advent of the internet. Now hyperhidrosis can be dealt with using oral medications, topical treatments, Iontophoresis, as well as a permanent surgical procedures. Given all the treatments for hyperhidrosis people who suffer now have options when dealing with their hyperhidrosis that they did not have before. More and more people are speaking up to share their experiences so that others can benefit from this information.
If you are considering any surgical procedure such as ETS, you should always speak with your doctor. In creating this site several sources of information were used much of which included contacting the actual leading hyperhidrosis surgeons as well as sources available across the internet and sources in various medical journals, however the opinions expressed on this site are solely the opinions of hyperhidrosis info.com. We will do our best to keep hyperhidrosis info.com as up to date as possible.
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