Sweaty Palms

Still Worry About Sweaty Hands?

Sweating or perspiration is an automatic process for all humans. However, in some people, natural perspiration is excessive, leading to a condition known as hyperhidrosis where such excessive sweating may occur only on the palms (Palmar Hyperhidrosis). This uncontrollable excessive sweating in the palms may cause severe psychological distress. The cause of this condition is related to over-activity in the Sympathetic Nervous System.

This condition may not be a deadly disease. However, uncontrollable excessive sweating may cause you severe psychological, social and/or professional disabilities.

The most common areas where such excessive sweating occurs are the hands, face, feet and axillae. This condition is prevalent in young adults. It often begins in adolescence. Its cause is unknown but is related to over-activity in the Sympathetic Nervous System and there seems to be a genetic tendency. The most common case will be excessive sweating on palms. Those with this condition face problems such as difficulties handling electronic equipment as well as the need to avoid handshakes.

Symptoms
Sweating on palms is controlled by the sympathetic nerves located at the level of the third and fourth thoracic vertebra. Over-activity of these nerves will result in excessive sweating on the palms. Characteristics of hyperhidrosis are as follows:
Continuous sweating on hands, feet and axillae
Sweating provoked by emotional distress
Sweating without any apparent reason
Sweating stops during sleep

Disabilities caused by Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis will not affect your health but will cause severe psychological, social and professional disabilities.
Psychological disabilities: feeling embarrassed by body odor and stinky shoes
Professional disabilities: professions such as electrician, baker, make-up artist, chef and hairstylist may be affected by sweaty palms
Social disabilities: avoiding handshakes and physical contact

The Permanent Solution
There are many non-surgical approaches to control hyperhidrosis. These include the use of medication, antiperspirants, iontophoresis (application of direct current shocks to the hands) and Botulinum Toxin injections (Botulinum Toxin Type A). In iHEAL Medical Centre, Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathicotomy (ETS) is performed using titanium clips to minimize the risk of complications and the scars are hardly visible. This procedure will only take 15 minutes. Most of the patients with sweaty armpits and sweaty feet find that their condition improves after this surgery.

For more information, please contact 03-22877398 / 016-2307398

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