Say good­bye to sweaty palms

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Bms Wellness -

SWEAT­ING is an au­to­matic process in ev­ery hu­man.

In some peo­ple, how­ever, nat­u­ral per­spi­ra­tion oc­curs ex­ces­sively, lead­ing to a con­di­tion known as hy­per­hidro­sis.

Com­mon ar­eas where ex­ces­sive sweat­ing is prone to oc­cur are the hands, face, feet and ax­il­lae (armpit).

This con­di­tion is preva­lent in 0.6% to 1% of young adults.

It of­ten be­gins dur­ing ado­les­cence but can oc­cur in peo­ple of all ages.

The cause of this con­di­tion is un­known but it is of­ten re­lated to over-ac­tiv­ity in the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem.

Sweaty palms (pal­mar hy­per­hidro­sis) symp­toms in­clude: – Con­tin­u­ous sweat­ing

– Sweat­ing with­out an ap­par­ent rea­son

– Sweat­ing not due to ex­er­cis­ing – Pro­voked by emo­tional stress or hot weather con­di­tions

– Sweat­ing stops dur­ing sleep For­tu­nately, there are treat­ments that can help ad­dress hy­per­hidro­sis.

One such pro­ce­dure is the En­do­scopic Tho­racic Sym­pa­thico­tomy where two 5mm in­ci­sions (min­imis­ing pain and scar­ring) are made on each side of the chest to al­low ac­cess into the chest cav­i­ties.

With the aid of a cam­era mounted on the tho­ra­co­scope, the sym­pa­thetic chains are vi­su­alised and duly clipped us­ing ti­ta­nium clips at the level of the sec­ond and third tho­racic ver­te­bra.

The pro­ce­dure is per­formed un­der gen­eral anaes­the­sia.

The re­sults are usu­ally im­me­di­ate and pa­tients can leave the hos­pi­tal on the same day with warm, dry hands.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by iHeal Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

An il­lus­tra­tion of an En­do­scopic Tho­racic Sym­pa­thico­tomy pro­ce­dure.

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