Can anything be done about my excessive sweating?

This is driving me crazy!

I hear this commonly. Its impact is generally under-estimated. For patients, this problem can be devastating

How many people encounter this problem?

Excessive sweating affects up to 2% of the population. The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. It can be the source of much inconvenience and embarrassment. Its impact cannot be underestimated.

Which areas of the body are affected by this?

It affects mainly hands, feet, underarms (axillae). Also face and scalp.

What is the cause of this problem?

In over 99% of cases, there is no underlying cause. We refer to it as Primary Hyperhidrosis. It is a result of sympathetic overactivity.

What are the treatment options?

For excessive sweating of the hands, the treatment of choice is a thoracoscopic sympathectomy.

It can be performed using minimally invasive techniques with short hospital stay and a rapid recovery.

For excessive sweating of the armpits, we recommend miraDry. This can be performed under local anaesthetic, on an outpatient basis with virtually no downtime. The sweat glands are destroyed using microwave technology. Two treatments are recommended, though 70% achieve a good outcome with one treatment only.

What other conditions can be treated with a sympathectomy?

This procedure is very effective, and the only option for patients with excessive facial blushing.

What are the risks of this procedure?

The main adverse reaction is compensatory sweating or sweating on the torso following sympathectomy. This occurs commonly (in 30%) and is usually mild. It is severe or troublesome in 2% or one in 50 cases. Horner’s syndrome (droopy eyelid) is exceedingly rare (less than one in 1000).

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