Other Methods of Treatment
The methods of treatment of excessive sweating can be divided into two main categories. They are invasive (surgical) and non-invasive methods, i.e. methods that do not violate the integrity of the human skin. The invasive methods of removing the causes of excessive sweating include the so-called thoracic and lumbar sympathectomy or surgical removal of sweat glands. In thoracic sympathectomy, patients are under general anesthesia and their nerves near the spine that are responsible for sweating are disconnected. After the surgery, sweating stops in 90% of cases. However, within one year after the surgery, it comes back in full force and in another part of the body! Lumbar sympathectomy is not performed very often as there is a risk of damage to the genital tract. Surgical removal of sweat glands – including the skin – is applied only in case of excessive of the armpits. These methods are not always effective (sympathectomy in particular). Moreover, patients need to undergo a surgery and go through post-operation recovery.
The second category is non-invasive methods of treatment of excessive sweating, which are dominated by iontophoresis and controversial botulinum toxin injections. As for efficiency, iontophoresis is way ahead of botulinum toxin injections. Moreover, the prices of these treatments differ substantially. A high-end second generation iontophoresis device costs about €500 and you can use it continuously, at the cost of recharging your AA batteries. Treatment with botulinum toxin costs approximately €500 for both hands, €700 for both feet, and another €500 for both armpits. What's more, this treatment can efficiently prevent sweating for 3–4 months. This means that for a single temporary treatment with botulinum toxin you pay more than 3 times as much than for a iontophoresis device which you can use for many years.
Other non-invasive methods of treating excessive sweating include aluminum chloride-rich antiperspirants (only for armpits), various cosmetics, ointments, and anti-sweating teas. Compared to the above treatments, the effectiveness of these products is, however, very low or none.
Eva Fialova, M.D.
Certification of the 2nd degree in dermatovenerology
graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine
at the Charles University in Prague
owner of a private skin clinic
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