Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Hyperhidrosis is a condition which causes excessive sweating. According to research nearly 4 percent of the world’s population suffer from symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Sweaty palms, hands, arms, face and feet can cause embarrassment and social issues. Day-to-day life may become difficult and mingling closely with others an uphill battle. However, hyperhidrosis is a treatable condition and does not have to end in social isolation.
For those suffering hyperhidrosis, Dr Joseph Georghy offers two treatments, both designed to alleviate the very real and often embarrassing symptoms of heavy sweating. Although a temporary solution, with results up to a year, injections with Botulinum toxin type A under the arms, on the palms and soles of the feet can inhibit the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate. Dr Georghy also offers a surgical solution, known as LipoScraping, which involves superficial liposuction to remove some of the sweat glands.
Types of Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis can be divided into two main categories, namely focal hyperhidrosis or primary hyperhidrosis and generalized hyperhidrosis or secondary hyperhidrosis:
- Focal Hyperhidrosis or Primary Hyperhidrosis. This type of hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating in the arm area (including underarms), hands, feet and face. Focal hyperhidrosis is a result of a glitch in the nervous system. The sweat glands are stimulated to produce an excess of sweat.
- Generalized Hyperhidrosis or Secondary Hyperhidrosis. Generalized hyperhidrosis causes the entire body to break out in excessive sweating. It's the result of certain health conditions such as metabolic disorders, neurological disorders and menopause.
Botulinum Toxinum and Iontophoresis are two of the main treatments for hyperhidrosis. Surgery and medication are also options. Consider seeing a doctor to see which treatment fits you best.
Possible side effects
Worldwide, Botulinum Toxinum (BT) has been used since 1989 to treat a variety of conditions, including cerebral palsy in children and movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder and face). Dr Georghy’s experience with BT is since 1995. He observed no major complications.
As with all medicines, Botulinum Toxinum may cause some side effects. Generally, any side effects experienced with Botulinum Toxinum are temporary.
After the first treatment, the effects of BT last an average of 6 - 7.5 months. However the amount of time BT remains effective may vary. When your symptoms begin to return, see your doctor.