Solutions for Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating – the problem and simple solution
Excessive sweating is a known phenomenon in medicine and aesthetics. In Israel, there are 250,000 people that suffer from the phenomenon in its various forms. Sweating is a process where the body releases heat into the environment for regulation. Excessive sweating is when the body works hard and this can happen when there is no external heat or no physical activity that calls for this sweating; these are situations when those suffering from excessive sweating may find themselves embarrassed due to massive and disproportional sweating on special occasions – the appearance of sweat spots in the armpits in stressful situations and excessive sweat on the palms of hands. This makes it difficult to write and is a barrier in social interactions.
Types of excessive sweating
Primary excessive sweating – related to pressure/tension/excitement and this may be focused excessive sweating such as: stomach, back, and chest.
General excessive sweating – It is necessary to distinct between excessive sweating in the entire body not due to disease or metabolic situation and sweating that can be due to general excessive sweating, hormonal changes, menopause, endocrine activity, obesity, etc.
Excessive sweating has a connection to genetic hereditariness. It may be followed by unpleasant sweat odor and in order for it to be diagnosed there is a need to eliminate various diseases. Each individual is bothered to a different degree and the phenomena can harm quality of life. Various body areas that are affected by this are: hands and feet in childhood (this may start as early as childhood), excessive sweating in the armpits (starts in high school), excessive sweating in the face and neck (starts in the fourth decade of life).
Sweat odor is a function of the foods we eat and our skin traits. Some sweat massively, but their sweat odor is slight and unnoticeable, and some sweat mildly but their sweat has a strong and noticeable odor. Since we cannot change the traits of our skin, we can try and change elements in nutrition that create more sweat and strong odor. Elements known to impact sweat odor include garlic, hilbe, chives, spicy sauces, and turmeric.
To reduce the impact of these spices you can chew on fresh parsley leaves, cooked potatoes, or dry bread, but these methods work differently on various people. If that doesn’t work, it’s best to avoid eating these odor-creating foods before social events. There are treatments for excessive sweating; my article focuses on the treatment that uses Botulinum toxin (Botox).
Botulinum toxin (Botox)
This procedure is simple and involves injecting Botox to chemically detach the nerve from the sweat gland. The procedure is short, has minimal pain and its results are seen about a week to three weeks after injecting. In this procedure, the substance is concentrated in the area where injected, hence there are hardly any systemic phenomena (in the entire body).
Botox is effective for 4-6 months after which injection should be repeated. For those who suffer from excessive sweating in the summer, injection may be done during April-May, the substance acts in the summer and fades when the weather gets cold. Side effects may be pain and redness at the injection area, in rare cases blood hemorrhages in the injecting area. One of the advantages of this process is normalization of sweating. It is important to note that sweating is an important physiological process and the treatment will not eliminate sweat entirely.
Excessive sweating is a problem that affects quality of life. This problem may be treated easily and successfully with a simple, efficient, and short procedure of injecting Botulinum toxin (Botox). It is recommended to have these treatments done by experienced and specialist, professional doctors.