Sweaty palms can be embarrassing if they make it difficult to shake hands with other people, or handle objects without leaving sweat marks on them. To prevent sweaty palms many people choose to use over-the-counter antiperspirant solutions. When excessive sweating is caused by hyperhidrosis however, antiperspirants are not sufficient enough to reduce how much fluid is produced. There is the possibility that using over-the-counter treatments will make the symptoms of sweaty palms worse due to irritation from chemicals in the products.
If you suffer from sweaty palms, underarms or feet, due to hyperhidrosis, Dr. Tantawi has an affordable solution to your problem. If you would like to find out more about treatment for hyperhidrosis, request a consultation today and be one step closer to ending the suffering and embarrassment from excessive sweating.
What to Expect at Your Consultation
At your consultation, Dr. Tantawi will look at your medical records if your hyperhidrosis is caused by a medical condition. He will do an exam, and discuss your aesthetic goals with you, to find out what desired results you are wanting. Then you will discuss recommended treatment options, and an appointment will be made for you to come in for the procedure.
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What Causes Sweaty Palms?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition where excessive sweating occurs in the palms, soles of the feet, underarms or face. While sweaty palms can be due to many non-medical causes such as stress and environmental factors, hyperhidrosis is a result of over activity from the part of the nervous system that regulates body temperature as well as fluid production.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is when an individual has excessive sweating without any underlying conditions, or factors that can explain the presence of severe sweating. This type of hyperhidrosis usually begins in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood, and usually runs in families.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is when excessive sweating can be associated with another condition such as menopause, thyroid problems, obesity , diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis , tuberculosis , certain cancers or infections .
About 3% of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis, and it affects both children and adults. Excessive sweating is a common problem, but if a person has severe levels of sweating that interfere with their daily life, then they may have a condition called primary focal hyperhidrosis. Primary focal hyperhidrosis most commonly occurs in the underarms, palms and feet.
Treatment for Sweaty Palms (Hyperhidrosis)
Excessive sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment, but at Beauty Refined, Dr. Tatnawi has perfected treatments to assist you in overcoming this condition. Below are treatment options available depending upon what is recommended by Dr. Tantawi.
For some people anti-perspirants may work, however, if you have excessive sweating in a lot of areas, this can become expensive and time consuming. Not to mention, the excessive amount of chemicals being absorbed by the skin. Over the counter antiperspirants are commonly made from metallic salts and aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex. Prescription strength versions will contain a higher concentration of aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex, so may irritate the skin if you start out with them. It’s best to start with OTC antiperspirants and then move to clinical and prescription strength.
At Beauty Refined Dr. Tantawi has an easier, more affordable way to stop your excessive sweating. By injecting botox into sweaty palms or underarms, the nerves that supply the sweat glands are weakened and perspiration is stopped. Dr. Tantawi is highly skilled at botox injections. He starts with small doses so as to not overdose the area and cause excess weakening of the muscle. You will feel a slight weakening, but not enough to affect your regular activities. The results of the botox injection lasts 6-12 months depending upon the area injected.
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy Surgery (ETS)
For more severe cases of hyperhidrosis, where other treatments haven’t worked, there is surgery. It is done under general anesthesia, lasts 1-3 hours, and is usually done to the palms and face.
The sympathetic nervous system controls the sweat glands. With endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) surgery, Dr. Tantawi will make a few small incisions in your chest in which he inserts a small endoscopic camera. The camera shows a picture on a monitor and is used during the surgery to see. He then finds and cuts the sympathetic nerve to the area so it no longer signals the sweat gland. The incision is stitched up and a small drain may be placed to help get rid of excess fluid. This surgery is permanent and cannot be reversed.
After ETS, sweating in the palms, face and feet immediately stop. There will be slight swelling in the area of the incisions and you will be given medication to help prevent infection. Normally you can return to your regular activities in 2-3 days, as the incisions are very small.
If you’re suffering from excess sweating, call or request a consultation online today to see what options are available to you. Dr. Tantawi and his professional staff are committed to giving you the results you desire. You deserve to have your confidence back and be able to socialize without the worry of excess moisture on your clothes and body. Call today!