FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which body parts do people experience excess sweating?
There are several places on the body that people experience hyperhidrosis:
Palmar hyperhidrosis— excessive sweating of the palms
Axillary hyperhidrosis— excessive underarm sweating
Pedal Hyperhidrosis— excessive feet sweating (Sweating on the hands can be linked to feet sweating)
Facial Hyperhidrosis/Blushing— flushing and sweating of the face
How severe is my hyperhidrosis?
The severity depends on how it can effect your daily life. It can cause social isolation, depression, and anxiety. Plus, it can be a sign of a serious health problem. You are wise to seek your doctor’s advice.
Contact your doctor if:
You seem to sweat a lot more than normal.
Your sweating doesn’t have a cause, such as exercising or being in hot weather.
Is hyperhidrosis the sign of an emotional problem or character flaw?
No but if left untreated can lead to lack of self-esteem or lack of confidence. In general, if the excessive sweating you fear only occurs in situations where others can see you, never when you're alone, that's a strong indication it's a type of Social Phobia. You worry that others will judge you as extremely nervous and unstable, and not want to socialize or do business with them.
Can I expect my Hyperhidrosis to get better over time? Will it get worse?
Most of the time, Hyperhidrosis won't get better without any treatments. It will get worse by emotional stress and heat.
Can any self-treatments help? Are there lifestyle changes, foods, or activities that make sweating better, or worse?
Self-treatments doesn't help. Lifestyle changes may help but there are limitations to it such as:
wearing loose and light clothes
avoiding triggers, such as alcohol and spicy foods, that could make your sweating worse
wearing black or white clothes to help minimize the signs of sweating
How common is Hyperhidrosis?
In South-East Asia, Hyperhidrosis affects about 3% of the population, slightly higher than the 2.8% rate in the US.
Can it be inherited?
Yes, many patients reported that they have parents and siblings with the condition, if not then an extended family member in as many as half of cases. On the other hand, many patients are unaware of any family history of hyperhidrosis.
Can children be treated for Hyperhidrosis?
Yes, usually children are treated with antiperspirants and iontophoresis. Botox and surgery are not done for children. We recommend people with age 12 years old and above to do surgery.
Who is eligible for Hyperhidrosis surgery?
We can perform video-assisted surgery on almost everyone who is having extreme sweating problems. However, we recommend people with age 12 years old and above to do surgery.
Is the surgery painful?
The pain is very minimal. However, you may feel some discomfort on the chest after the surgery.
What should I expect from surgery?
You will get immediate relief. Your hands will be warm and dry.
Is there any follow up after surgery?
There is no follow up after the surgery
What are patients' levels of satisfaction after surgery?
Based on our experienced, our patients' levels of satisfaction is 5 out of 5.
How long will the surgery take?
It takes only 15 minutes.
Any possibility of recurrence?
Yes, there is a possibility of recurrence. However, the chances are not high. Some patients may come back complaining that they still sweat after the surgery.
Are there side effects?
Rare if done correctly
Compensatory sweating may occur in different part of the body (on the back, thighs, abdomen, buttocks) but are tolerable in majority of the patients
How long will my recovery take?
Most patients pain free by 48 hours and their recovery is generally complete within two days.
Choosing a doctor is important?
Keep in mind that surgical procedures for the treatment of excessive sweating are considered major surgery and require special training. If you are considering surgical treatment, be sure your surgeon is well-trained and informed of the most recent research.
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