Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is the condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating/perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. It is associated with a significant quality of life burden from a psychological, emotional, and social perspective. As such, it has been referred to as the ‘silent handicap’.

People with hyperhidrosis produce large volumes of sweat which means that the hands, feet, chest or armpits may be constantly damp. This may make normal every day activities more difficult to carry out and it can cause embarrassment at work or socially especially if one has given presentations where one constantly lifts one’s arms.

Small doses are given into the skin of the affected area, it blocks the actions of the nerve that supplies the sweat glands: this prevents the glands from producing sweat. The effects of the Hyperhidrosis treatment usually last for up to nine months but will eventually will wear off.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Saul Braun operates from the Netcare Rosebank Hospital, situated in the up-market Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg.

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