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Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, is the production of too much sweat by the sweat glands, in case of high heat or stress situations.
It is most often located in the armpits, the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and on the face.
Hyperhidrosis can lead to a deterioration of the quality of life and can be the source of many complexes, such as public appearances.
For the vast majority of hyperhidrosis located in the armpits, hands, or feet no causal factor has been identified.
It often begins at puberty, reaching its peak between the ages of 30 and 40, and then gradually diminishes.
A vicious circle of sweating frequently forms. Excessive sweating causes anxiety and leads to increased sweating. Mild hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing for patients. At a severe stage, excessive sweating can even be disabling.
Several aesthetic or medical complications can occur in different areas:
- discoloration of clothing, unpleasant odor (armpits);
- social discomfort (hands);
- bacterial and mycotic infection (feet).
Several treatments are available and will depend on the location and intensity of sweating.
- Aluminum Chloride present in many deodorant products at usual concentrations (10 to 20%) are effective in stopping normal to mild hyperhidrosis but are ineffective for important hyperhidrosis.
- Botulinum toxin is a simple and very effective treatment for severe axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis not improved by aluminum chloride. It will reduce the contraction and secretion of the sweat glands in this area. These almost painless injections can be made more comfortable by the application of local anesthesia with a lidocaine-based cream. The decrease in sweating begins on the 3rd day.
This extremely simple and painless gesture allows a total absence of sweating for 6 months (duration of action of the botulinum toxin), then the treatment must be repeated. The absence of sweating in the armpits is completely harmless for the thermoregulation of the body.
It is the ideal treatment to have peace of mind before the summer.
Botulinum toxin injections are effective for hands or feet, but issues with pain during the injections can make them difficult to use. Treatment with botulinum toxin in the hands or feet can also lead to a decrease in muscle strength which can be disabling.
- Genius radiofrequency treatment is another solution to treat hyperhidrosis. After local anesthesia, the radiofrequency will deliver heat to the glands that will be destroyed safely and effectively. The decrease in sweating is noted less than a week after the session. The treatment generally includes 2 to 3 sessions spaced 6 weeks apart. The duration of the result is on average 12 to 18 months.
- Iontophoresis (use of a weak electric current), not available at the CLEAGE center, is another technique to treat very disabling hyperhidrosis of the hands or feet.