Hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition characterized by excess and uncontrollable sweating of the hands, underarms, head, feet or face. If left untreated, it can be embarrassing and affect one’s self-esteem. There is no exact cure for the condition, but there are effective treatment options which work depending on the severity of the condition. These treatments are both surgical and non-surgical.
1. Endoscopic Sympathetic Blockade
This is also known as ESB or Sympathectomy. According to hyperhidrosis clinic USA, this is the most effective treatment for even the most severe cases of hyperhidrosis. Under its treatment, the Sympathetic nerve is cut, and the procedure is irreversible, but it is highly effective. Titanium clamps are placed on this nerve, which controls blushing and sweating. Although this procedure used to have a side effect of extreme compensatory sweating, modern technology and updates on the method have eliminated this side effect. It takes about 15 minutes, and one only stays in the hospital for a few hours before being discharged. Most of the insurance companies cover this as it is not a cosmetic procedure. Since many people fear ESB as it is irreversible, it is recommended that one tries the non-surgical options below first.
This is one of the ancient procedures used to treat hands and feet affected by this condition. It uses a small electric current to push medications through the skin as the feet or hands are soaked in a small water pool. Modern technology has made it more effective, especially for hands. Patients need to undergo the treatment thrice a week and reduces it to a maintenance mode once a week after they have improved. This procedure is highly preferred due to its high success rate in treating hands and because it is non-invasive.
This medication is effective in treating hyperhidrosis affecting the armpits, hands, and feet. It is applied on dry skin at night and left there for 6-8 hours. The medication instructions need to be strictly followed to prevent any skin irritation. Some dermatologist recommends that one covers the applied area with plastic to enhance it’s the effectiveness and reduce any skin irritation side effects. Although Drysol is highly effective in the short-term, according to hyperhidrosis clinic USA, 50% of people who use it experience skin irritation afterward, making it less effective to many in the long-run.
4. Psychotherapy and Anti-Depressants
The two address the effects of hyperhidrosis and not necessarily the cause. If the condition has affected your emotional health, then therapy can help you deal with the condition better. It can help you know the triggers of extreme sweating or blushing and address them to help you cope better with them. Anti-depressants will help you deal with the effects of Hyperhidrosis, such as anxiety. However, you should consult your physician first.
This is medication administered using IV for patients undergoing general anesthesia to prevent oral secretions. It is effective for people whose extreme sweating is triggered by strong emotions. It can thus be administered to patients before activities like a job interview, presentation, etc.
Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing, but you don’t have to suffer. Visit a specialist and get any of the treatments named above whichever is effective for you.