Excessive Sweating? When to Consider Axillary Suction Curettage

Suffering from excessive sweating is often a sign of a condition called hyperhidrosis. Sweating in excess can be both embarrassing in social situations and a hindrance to functioning normally. Axillary suction curettage may be able to help, but you ought to know when you should consider this procedure.

After You've Tried Other Solutions

There aren't really any permanent ways to stop excessive sweating (without maintenance procedures for the the rest of your life) short of surgery. However, it's possible that you can get your excessive perspiration problems under control with noninvasive options such as anti-sweating lotions, gels or antiperspirants, or with less invasive options such as medication and electric shock. All of these options involve continued maintenance (repetition of the procedure) for the rest of your life. If your sweating is too excessive, these methods may not be effective enough for you. If so, you should consider a surgery like axillary suction curettage instead.

Depending on the Location of the Sweat

Axillary suction curettage involves the destruction or removal of the sweat glands, and is best used to treat excessive sweating in the armpits. It is actually not as effective as endoscopic sympathectomy, which involves clamping or cutting nerves along your rib cage or pelvis, when sweating is problematic in areas such as the hands, feet and face. Nevertheless, axillary suction curettage poses less risk of significant side effects than other types of surgery for this condition.

Axillary suction curettage is the best solution for excessive sweating after you have exhausted other options and if your sweating concerns are primarily in the armpits. There are other more effective surgical options for sweating in the hands, feet and face, so be sure to discuss all of your options with your doctor before you proceed.

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