Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

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Excessive sweating can be defined as the production of more than 100 mg sweat within five minutes per armpit. This definition can be considered subjective, however, especially in cases where the individual level of suffering is higher.

There are many causes of excessive sweating: hormones, the side effects of drugs (e.g. antidepressants, hormone preparations), hypoglycaemia in diabetes patients, infections, cancer, excess weight, psychological problems and stress are all possible causes. No matter which applies, we will find the solution together.

Your questions. Our answers.

What causes wet hands and feet?

The causes of localised sweating are not yet known in medicine.

Why does one sweat more when one is excited?

During stress, the body releases adrenaline, which boosts the production of sweat.

How does botulinum toxin (Botox) help against underarm perspiration?

Sweat secretion is controlled by the messenger substance acetylcholine, a so-called neurotransmitter. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine at the nerve junctions and no production signal is transmitted to the sweat glands.

How is hyperhidrosis treated and are there permanent solutions?

Therapy options are aluminium-containing deodorants, anticholinergic tablets, Botox injections or tap water iontophoresis with a weak direct current. In serious cases, we can surgically remove the sweat glands or sever the ganglia of the sympathetic nervous system.

Home remedies can at least partially curb excessive sweating: sage tea or sweets can be recommended for this.

The only permanent solution against excessive sweating is surgery. However, this can be associated with considerable side effects. On the other hand, after three Botox treatments the tendency to sweat decreases considerably.

Our expert for the treatment of hyperhidrosis

Dr. med. Anna Brandenburg

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