Excessive sweating – these methods help!

Summer is in full swing, which is why “excessive sweating”, medically Hyperhidrosis called, for many people now an issue. I was not aware until now how many people suffer from regular sweat attacks suffer.

“Sweat runs down my body in drops. Every day I stand in front of the closet at a loss and think about which outfit best covers up these attacks,” explains one sufferer. What to do?

In fact, about 1.5 million people in Germany suffer from excessive sweating, known medically as hyperhidrosis. Sweat, sweat patches and a foul odor are then constant companions. A great burden.

The quality of life of those suffering from hyperhidrosis is severely reduced, and social life may come to a standstill. There is only limited media education, it is a matter of still a taboo subject. What you can do against excessive sweating explains the dermatologist Dr. Helen Haas from the Rosenpark Clinic in Darmstadt in the VIDEO interview.

Causes of excessive sweating

Sweating is vital, it cools the body and eliminates harmful substances. However, if sweating is pathological, sufferers want nothing more than to treat it. A distinction is made between two types of the disease. In the case of the so-called primary hyperhidrosis there is a malfunction of the sweat glands, they are overactive. Compared to healthy people, those affected produce the approx. five times the amount of sweat. For example, on the hands, armpits, but also on the head, torso or feet.

With the secondary hyperhidrosis there is an underlying disease; for example, it may be the result of diabetes or due to overweight (obesity). But also a Thyroid dysfunction, the Menopause or taking certain medications can lead to the disease.

Are men or women more often affected?

“Ultimately, it can affect anyone. However, in my experience at the Rosenpark Clinic and Bellari, men are more often affected by excessive sweating than women.”

How can excessive sweating be treated?

“Mild forms of sweating are treated with conventional antiperspirants usually well manageable. Another treatment option is the injection of Botulinum toxin, better known as Botox. This is injected at small intervals into the parts of the body that sweat more.”

How does botulinum support treatment?

Botulinum ultimately prevents signal transduction from the nerve to the responsible sweat gland. This is similar to wrinkle treatment, except that in wrinkle treatment the signal transmission from the nerve to the responsible muscle is prevented.”

Which areas can be treated in this way?

“In principle all areas can be treated well, which sweat locally, that is, somewhere locally limited. For example, the palms of the hands, the armpits, or even the soles of the feet. There are also patients who suffer from excessive sweating in the area of the hairy scalp. This area can also be treated well.”

How long does the effect last?

“This varies slightly from individual to individual. One can assume that the sweat production is curbed for a good six months. Some patients actually feel a longer effect that can last up to a year.”

What should you look for after treatment?

On the day of treatment as well as afterwards, do not use deodorants/antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride, if possible, because they easily block the outflow duct of the sweat gland and Botox cannot work as well. Also, a few days after the treatment no sports exercise and avoid sauna sessions.”

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