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Sweaty Hands - Palmar Hyperhidrosis Treatment


Sweaty hands, a medical condition called Palmar Hyperhidrosis, is the most common manifestation of excessive sweating problems.  Overactive sympathetic nerves can lead to sweaty palms so severe that sweat drips from the hands and fingers, even in a cool environment.  Moderate to severe hand sweating of this type often does not respond well to conservative treatments such as topical antiperspirants, to Iontophoresis, to oral medications Glycopyrrolate and Oxybutynin or to Botulinum Toxin injections either.  After these individuals have exhausted all of these different treatment options, they feel like nothing can improve their excess wetness of the hands. 

 

Excessive hand sweating has been genetically linked  to 75% of those who suffer from its
debilitating effects.  Excess hand sweating can begin in early childhood, often when puberty
begins, and continues into adulthood, becoming worse over time.  Severe cases of sweaty
hands can cause great stress at work, in school, in social situations as well as make daily tasks such
as writing on paper are embarrassing and difficult because it is so hard to focus on the
"task at hand". Many with this condition recall handing in a test at school and being embarrassed
because the exam paper got so wet from their sweating hands that the answers were often
smeared and the paper would almost fall apart from getting soaked with so much sweat. Career
paths were modified because the sweating sufferer either couldn't perform functionally or socially
with their sweaty palms.  With such moist - wet hands, it is very difficult to concentrate on what
one is doing.

One online support organization called the International Hyperhidrosis Society has ranked the
severity of sweating and created four categories from mild to very severe hyperhidrosis of the hands.
Most individuals with mild cases of hand sweating do not seem to be affected functionally or
socially by the problem, however, some people are. Each person reacts differently to having wet
hands. Some people with mild hand sweating avoid many situations that are quite uncomfortable for
them because it stresses them out so much and it is hard to focus or concentrate
on what they are doing.   The most severe wetness that affects a person socially
and functionally is described as a wetness that inhibits nearly all activities and is
so hard for them to function on a daily basis, especially throughout the day, no
matter the temperature of the environment in which they are.

Effective teatment for wet sweaty hands is available today for those who have tried
conservative options with little or no improvment.  Miniturization of instruments
and video have made it possible to perform a much less invasive endoscopic
procedure through an extremely tiny incision (1/12th inch or 2 mm), one 2 mm incision
on each side of the body, in the axilla or armpit.  Due to the tiny incision, and minimal
disturbance of tissue, Micro ETS is performed on an out-patient basis, with the patient ready
to be discharged one to two hours after the procedure. Recovery is much faster because
this minimally invasive technique does not disturb the chest wall tissue to find the nerve. This leads to
much less pain, less time in the ambulatory surgery center, and faster recovery.  In fact, the single incision
in the axilla, on each side, is so small that no sutures are needed.  A skin adhesive seals the incision until it heals. 

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