Excessive Sweating? When to Consider Sympathectomy

Excessive Sweating occurs when the sympathetic system is overactive and produces a lot of sweat, which can be a serious and embarrassing problem. Sympathectomy is a surgery that can reduce excessive sweating by cutting the sympathetic nerves. However, this surgery presents some risks, so you need to consider a few other solutions before deciding that sympathectomy is the best option for you.

When to Consider Sympathectomy

Sympathectomy is a surgical procedure that will target the sympathetic ganglia, which control the sweating.

Sympathectomy should be considered only if other methods of reducing excessive sweating don't work. Sympathectomy is a surgery that may cause side effects (i.e., low blood pressure, infertility in men) and involves a few risks (surgery infections or blood clots) and may also be a costly procedure, requiring 1 week of recovery time.

However, if the excessive sweating cannot be controlled and it interferes with your life, sympathectomy should be considered.

Dealing with Excessive Sweating

  • Frequent showers are essential, as these remove the bacteria from the skin. The bacteria that are present on the skin cause the sweat to have an unpleasant odor. The showers will help reduce the odor of the sweat, and will also reduce the amount of sweat.
  • Choose your clothes carefully, making sure that these are made of natural materials and they are loose enough to allow the skin to breathe.
  • Use antiperspirants and powders.
  • There are also a few prescription medications that could be used to control the sweating.
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