Sweating Is Not Destiny!
In these days when we live in the spring months, we all see a sweet rush. We want to enter the summer in shape and lose the weight we gained during the winter. We do sports and sweat the most during these months. With sports and hot weather, our sweat rate increases and this can become a big problem for some of us. In fact, some of them experience this problem all the time, regardless of the difference between summer and winter. You must have encountered them. Some of the following complaints may be familiar to you or a relative.
I hesitate to shake hands with people, my hands are constantly sweating.
I have to put a napkin under my hand while drawing.
I can’t take off my shoes in front of someone else because my feet are constantly sweating.
I don’t want to take off my jacket at meetings because of the sweat marks on my shirt.
I’ve been wanting to wear open shoes for years, I can’t because of sweat.
If you have also encountered this type of problem or if you have witnessed such complaints from a relative, it means that you should be informed about Hyperhidrosis.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis as a word meaning excessive sweating It means. Sweating is one of the most important ways the body uses to cool itself. People with hyperhidrosis sweat more than is necessary for temperature control.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis. General hyperhidrosis affects the whole body and is less common and is usually associated with another disease.
The most common type; regional hyperhidrosis . Underarm sweating accounts for 30-40% of complaints. In the remaining part, hand and foot sweating has an important place. The face may also be affected, although less frequently.
How common is hyperhidrosis?
One form of hyperhidrosis is seen in one out of every 100 people. It usually starts in adolescence and 20s.
Why does regional hyperhidrosis occur?
The reason is not known exactly. About one-third to half of those with hyperhidrosis have relatives with the same problem. This suggests that there is a hereditary cause.
What causes hyperhidrosis in the body?
Regional hyperhidrosis is caused by overworking a type of sweat gland or having too much of it in the problem area. These sweat glands are ubiquitous in the body, but are most commonly found in the hands, feet, and armpits. Those with hyperhidrosis produce large amounts of sweat. This means that the hands, feet, chest or armpits (depending on the part of the body that is affected) are constantly wet. This can put the person in a difficult situation at work and social life and make it difficult to maintain normal daily activities. It is not true that hyperhidrosis causes odor; Some people think that sweat causes odor, in fact, the odor is caused by a bacteria that is formed when sweat stays on the skin for a long time.
What can I do for hyperhidrosis?
Some precautions you can take on your own: Choose clothing that will keep you cool. Natural cottons keep you cool but absorb sweat and stay wet. Try to change clothes during the day. Keep your work environment cool and well ventilated. Avoid food and drink that cause sweating. This is different for everyone, you can identify the ones that affect you. Stress, tension and anxiety is a common problem for everyone. Those with hyperhidrosis also have other difficulties with sweating in these situations. You can think about how to reduce stress during the day, you can plan your activities carefully and take time to rest. Sweat odor can be eliminated by paying attention to personal hygiene; although this is not easy for someone who sweats all the time, it is an effective and simple measure.
Is there a treatment?
Some deodorants and sprays can be used in the treatment of regional hyperhidrosis, but they only show a short-term effect, a dermatological method called iontophoresis can be used for hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. However, because of the need to apply this method at least twice a week and the effect is not permanent, treatment success and patient compliance are low. The most radical treatment is the surgical removal of sweat glands in the sweating area. However, this method is a laborious and undesirable alternative for most patients.
There is a new type of treatment in which we have achieved the most successful results in regional excessive sweating and a drug we use in this treatment: BOTOX
What is Botox? How does it affect?
Botox is a drug that is injected under the skin. Recommended for hyperhidrosis, it has been used for years on the eyes, face, neck and feet. Botox injected under the skin in a very small amount (approximately 100 units) temporarily blocks the operation of the nerves reaching the sweat glands and locally prevents the sweat production of the sweat glands.
Botox does not affect the senses in the area where it is made, it only affects the sweat glands.
How is Botox applied?
It is applied to the sweating area with very fine-tipped needles at frequent intervals. A coloring solution can be applied to see the area where sweating is most intense. The application takes a maximum of half an hour. A local anesthetic cream can often be used to avoid pain in the injection area, or the injection site can be partially anesthetized. Immediately after the application, the person can return to his daily activities.
After how long does it start to take effect and how long does the effect last?
Improvement is observed within the first week after the application. The effect of Botox usually lasts 4 to 10 months. When the effect starts to wear off, the second application is made.
What happens if I do not continue Botox applications?
The effect of Botox starts to wear off after a while. If you do not continue, there will be no permanent change in the applied areas and the level of sweating will gradually return to the level at which you started the treatment.