Sweat glands act as the body’s natural thermostat. When they suddenly go into overdrive, you get sweaty palms and feet. While this can be socially embarrassing, the good news is that excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be controlled with treatment.
If you suffer from excessive sweating, you may feel like you have tried everything. You may have lost hope. Although there is no straightforward explanation for the cause of hyperhidrosis, there are various treatment options for relieving excessive sweating.
- Over-the-counter scented antiperspirants Deodorants do not stop sweating, but antiperspirants sprays do. Some prescription antiperspirants include aluminum chloride, which plugs the sweat glands. It can help to mask the unpleasant odour of sweat and reduce excessive perspiration for a day or two.
- Botox is pretty common in treating sweaty palms and armpits by temporarily blocking sweat gland activity and one injection procedure, which just touches the skin's surface but results only last about four to six months and repeatedly injection are needed to sustain the effects. A common side effect includes temporary nerve blockage effect with weakness and numbness. The drawback to this treatment is that it can be uncomfortable or even painful, depending on your pain tolerance level
In patients for whom these treatments are ineffective, surgery may be recommended.
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS)
Where all other options fail and severe sweating problems persist, our doctors may recommend a surgical procedure known as Endoscopic Transthoracic Sympathectomy (ETS), a minimally invasive procedure to remove or cut a section of the main sympathetic chain in the chest, a nerve that controls the sweat glands. This surgery is the only way to stop hyperhidrosis permanently.
“I will recommend it only when the sweating is very severe and when it affects the patient’s work or lifestyle. Our team of surgeons is highly skilled in endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) " said Dr Eric Yong, General Surgeon of Island Hospital.
- The procedure eliminates the pathway from the nervous system to the palms of the hands which have led the body to have excessive sweating in the palms.
- Procedure is safe in expert hands and provide almost immediate results of dry hand.
- Surgery is minimally invasive by utilising thoracoscopy techniques with minimal tissue disruption and handlings.
- Done under general anaesthesia, the operation involves cutting the sympathetic nerves that control the sweat glands through a tiny incision in the armpit.
- ETS is absolutely prescise to disconnect the exact level of sympathetic nerves to achieve the result of dry hands and not disturb other nerve function to other parts of the body.
- Patients can usually resume their normal activity within a few days.
- By far the most effective and fastest way to resolve Essential Hyperhidrosis.