Why do we sweat?
Sweating is normal and healthy per se. Sweating cools the body and protects it from overheating, i.e. a natural way to protect our body. Sun, strenuous physical activity, sauna or a steam bath heat up the body and causes sweating. Sweating in turn, releases heat and regulates our temperature.
What is meant with “excessive sweating”?
Some people sweat constantly and excessively, regardless of physical work and effort. Hyperhidrosis (hyperhidrosis) is extremely unpleasant for the affected person and limits their quality of life.
Sudden sweats, continuous sweating and night sweats often have other causes (i.e medication, changes in hormone balance, fever, flu, obesity, thyroid problems, and serious illness), so it’s best to check with your GP.
Who is affected?
In principle, all women and men can be affected from puberty onwards. In some cases, excessive sweating is passed on from one generation to the next. The most common areas for excessive sweating are the armpits, and in some cases the forehead, hands or feet.
What can you do about it?
Generally, normal sweat inhibitors such as deodorants, creams or powders are first used to reduce perspiration. Aluminium salts should absorb the sweat and thus reduce the annoying sweating.
If that does not help, a botulinum toxin injection into the affected area of the body – such as the armpits – can help. The drug blocks the sweat secretion within a few days. The disturbing sweat edges on blouses and T-shirts disappear completely.
How long will the treatment take?
The treatment including local anaesthesia takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You can go out in public immediately after the treatment. Strenuous activities such as sports should be avoided for 24 hours.
Is the treatment painful?
A specially created special cream with 3 different local anaesthetics is applied to the site. After waiting for 10 minutes, the area is numb enough that the syringes cause very little discomfort.
What are the side effects?
Small hematomas (bruises) for a few days are possible. When pregnant or breastfeeding, botulinum toxin should not be used.
How long does the effect last?
The effect lasts for each patient for different lengths of time. In principle, we specify a timeframe of 6 to 9 months.