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Malin suffered from extreme sweating: “Anxiety disorder”

When it was worst, she ordered large boxes of sweat protection. It did not help.

Malin has suffered from hyperhidrosis, extreme sweating, for almost all of his life. In the end, there was a botox that helped her.

“My life has gone from being anxious to absolutely wonderful,” she says.

Malin Andersson has had extreme sweating ever since the early teens. She was sweating heavily from the armpits even though she did not struggle at all.

“It was anxiety disorder and I was often nervous and it in turn made me sweat even more,” she says.

She contacted the hospital, but the doctors said it was quite normal to sweat, that it was hormonal and belonged to the teens.

“I was at the doctor several times, but nobody took me seriously,” she says.

The school walk became a pain because Malin always planned how she would dress because the sweat stains would not be visible.

“I always had dark clothes in several layers. But I felt so sick when the fabric became discolored and stiff during the day. In the summer I could sit in a thick knitted sweater, because the sweat just passed.

Hyperhidrosis can affect your entire life

Eventually, the whole life revolved around how she would do because the sweat would not be visible.

“I had to adapt everyday after the sweating. I had change, wipes and deodorant. I even ordered large cartons of sweat protection, which were like a protective cover about which I taped in the armpits. But it did not work, it was clumsy and slipped around the armpits, says Malin.

And it was only worse the more affluent Malin became. Eventually it became a vicious circle.

“It was mentally hard and anxious. I even thought about killing the student ball, which I had normally looked forward to. I used the “absolutely dry” solution available at the pharmacy, but of it I got big blisters. But rather blisters in the armpits than sweat, I thought. Then I was sitting under the whole bale under the arms.

A couple of years ago, Malin saw an advertisement sign on the bus at a clinic in Stockholm which, with the help of botox injections, could eliminate sweating. The clinic is called Stockholm Tandläkargrupp and it helped her achieve great things in her life.

“I went straight home and googlade, and then I filled in the application form for how long I had sweated and how it affected my everyday life. I was granted it, free trial of botox. It was a great feeling to finally find something that might work, she says.

Malin escaped her extreme sweating

On the day of treatment, Malin was quite nervous, but expectant. She went down from Helsingborg to Copenhagen.

“I was well prepared. I had googlat everything about the treatment. At the clinic I only felt a big relief when my trouble was finally taken seriously. And it did not hurt at all. The treatment of botox in the armpits only took a few minutes, says Malin.

Effects come fast. The following day Malin had no sweats at all.

“Even when I was training, I was dry in the armpits,” she says smoothly.

So far, Malin has done four treatments at about five months apart and has recently paid for himself.

– It’s costly but it’s worth it. I would pay anything to avoid being soaked by sweat. My life is so much better now. Just being able to dress as I want is absolutely wonderful.

SO DOES THE TREATMENT WITH BOTULINUM TOXIN, BOTOX, WORK

Consultation. Prior to treatment, a consultation focuses on the disease, to rule out any underlying causes and to develop a treatment plan.

  • Injection. The areas that the patient sweats out of is injected into a rut pattern with a drop of botulinum toxin. Some areas, like armpits, usually do not need to be stunned. Other areas, such as hands and feet, are almost always stunned. The small drops of botulinum toxin injected into the skin with a thin needle spreads circularly and are taken up in the “sweat nerve”, which can not send out the signal substance to the sweat glands.
  • Minutes up to half an hour. Not seldom are treated several areas at the same time. The injections take from a few minutes to about half an hour depending on the amount of surface treated.
  • Quick effect. Even after a couple of days 90 percent will be sweating completely. Remaining patients have insufficient effects and are offered tablets. On average, two treatments are required per year but vary a lot.
  • Side effect. The treatment may cause local and transient side effects. In the treatment of hands a weakness of the forceps can be experienced for a couple of weeks, or, during treatment of the forehead, a transient stiffness.

Treatment for hyperhidrosis at the dentist

Being sick of our illness is no longer so stigmatizing. Many people understand that there is nothing to control. In addition, today there are many treatments that can eliminate the whole problem in just a few hours. Thanks to the research on the disease, treatment is now so simple that it can be carried out at dental clinics. So suddenly, a specialist is not required to get rid of sweating due to our illness.

I live in Oslo and there are about 20 different qualified dental clinics within reach of where I live. I myself go to a dentist in the room. I found this by searching for dentists in Oslo and found the Rommen Tannlegesenter which also had time that week. They were very friendly and professional. During the phone call, they built my trust and insured that the treatment is something they do two, three times a week. Many people usually get there at the same time to fix their teeth or bleach their teeth and also receive this treatment when they are still under anesthesia.

As I said, I was quite close to it for a while, and I have previously told my dentist fear, but this time it was still okay. I would not do the treatment for the teeth, but for my sweating.

When I got there they were still incredibly professional. They took me very quickly to their own room when they realized that I was nervous. Then I had to take off my clothes and put on a patient gown, one that has it completely open there behind. Pretty soon they picked me up and took me to the treatment room where I lay on my back on a bed. Then I got anesthesia. “Count down from 10”.

I do not remember more than I counted at seven, then I was gone. When I woke up, a nurse stood over me telling me everything went well. I was a little whining yet so I asked what “good” really means. She replied that the sweat I experienced earlier will now be gone.

What they do is inject botox into the sweat pads to block the signals sent to the brain. It prevents glands from working overtime and thus avoids sweating. This is not a one-time treatment, so it’s important to find a clinic where you are comfortable.

In any case, I have found right and will go back.

How hyperhidrosis effects people in their daily lives –

I’m not the first or last person with hyperhidrosis. Neither are you. During the years i’ve read so many people write and tell about their condition. I think reading below allows you to feel little bit more normal.

“I didn’t know that there was a name for this problem. I thought that it was just me and that I couldn’t do anything about it. Even my doctor told me, You are just going to have to learn to live with it.”

“I no longer want to be involved in school activities. It’s just too embarrassing because I’ll break out in sweat without warning. My buddies think that I’m nervous and anxious.”

“I used to be the student body president until my facial blush became so severe that I just couldn’t go on.”

“I spend less time with my friends because of the constant anxiety that I have over my sweating.”

“While studying to be a chef at a New York City culinary school, I was almost fired after they accused me of spitting into the batter. It’s just that my hands were dripping with sweat.”

“My girlfriend once grabbed me by my shirt and asked me, Why don’t you touch me? I was afraid that my cold and clammy hands would turn her off. After I told her about my condition, she said that she understood.”

“Dating is almost out of the question because of my condition.”

“I didn’t go to my high school prom. This is just one more thing that I missed out on.”

“I am a student in college, and I don’t want to go out in public to meet men because I am afraid that they may get repulsed by my sweating.”

“At the last minute, I almost didn’t go to college. My mom forced me to go. I didn’t want to go to a new place only to get embarrassed before new strangers.”

“My four year old doesn’t want me to hold his hands. He said that he didn’t like holding my wet hands.”

“I even sweat when I’m alone at home. I may be watching a movie or reading a book and suddenly I start to sweat.”

“I make sure that I am the last one into a conference room or to church and the first one out. This way I don’t have to meet people and embarrass myself by shaking hands with them.”

“Two days before my wedding, I had an anxiety attack. After visualizing walking down the aisle, the ring ceremony and the reception line, I panicked and called off the wedding. My hands and face would have been dripping with sweat. That relationship is now over.”

“I almost called off attending my best friend’s wedding where I was to be the maid of honor. I knew that I would ruin the dress, that my hands would cause people to flinch and then they would have to try to be polite.”


“My husband is a minister and the congregation accused me of being snobbish because I appeared reserved. I did everything to avoid shaking hands with them.”

“I stand out in a crowd because my face glows red from facial blushing. People think that I am either sick or extremely anxious.”

“I find that I now take fewer risks in my life because of my condition. It is as if I’ve created a glass ceiling.”

“I’m a computer programmer and my sweating hands drip sweat onto the keyboard.”

“I rust my tools at the machine shop.”

“I’ve gone through life with this problem, gotten my law degree and developed a successful practice, but now I just want to get rid of this thing.”

“I have to hold my baby with a towel or I may drop him because of my wet hands.”

“No one really understands what this condition does to me, not even my parents.”

“I’ve blown job interviews and sales because of my sweating.”

“My armpits are always wet and there are many clothes that I can’t wear.”

“I changed my college major because of my sweating hands. I wanted to be an artist but I kept staining my artwork with my sweat, so I became a school teacher.”

“My husband complains that I don’t touch him at night, but my hands are cold and wet and I know that it would bother him.”

“Presenting before people is always the worst of times. My face will glow red. The audience must think that I’m extremely nervous or that I must not feel well. This only magnifies my anxiety.”

“If I think about sweating, I’ll sweat, but then my anxiety starts because of the sweating, and then the sweating only gets worse. Once the cycle starts, I can’t stop it.”

“I’m an FBI agent. One day, I discovered that I was the one who was sweating during the interrogation of a suspect while he was cool and dry. This is just not right.”

“After a playing few bars during my first piano recital, I quit and walked away from the piano. The keys were wet with sweat. I’ll never forget that moment. Since that time, I haven’t played the piano.”

“My eyes burn after I inserted my sweat-stained contacts.”

“I’m so embarrassed by my sweaty hands that I don’t want to go with my husband to parties.”

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What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition that causes severe sweating and abnormal heat loss of the hands, underarms or feet. Individuals with Hyperhidrosis sweat to the point that their hands, feet or underarms are moist, clammy or literally dripping wet.

Hyperhidrosis is caused by a hyperactive Sympathetic Nervous System. The areas of the body that may be affected can occur in any combination, involving the face, underarms, hands and feet. The severe sweating from Hyperhidrosis may start with the beginning of each day and continue throughout the day and night or it may be intermittent.

A common misconception is that the excess sweating of Hyperhidrosis is due to severe anxiety, extreme shyness or emotional distress. However, persons with Hyperhidrosis sweat profusely even when calm, alone or resting. While the condition may be aggravated by anxiety, the disorder has its own trigger and the sweating can appear at any time.

However, there is usually an interrelationship between anxiety and sweating that develops to a greater or lesser degree in nearly all patients with severe Hyperhidrosis. Anxiety, while not a cause, can aggravate the condition. As the onset of symptoms is anxiety provoking, an individual who suffers with Hyperhidrosis anticipates the sweating, which in turn causes more sweating, creating a vicious cycle. Many individuals will try to escape by avoiding stressful or social situations.

Likewise, weight, hormonal imbalance or psychological disturbances are not factors related to the cause or cure of Hyperhidrosis. Persons of all sizes, physical conditions and mental well being suffer with the disorder.

While emotional wellness is not a factor in the cause, the excessive sweating that occurs can take a toll on the patient’s self confidence and relationships with others. Coping with Hyperhidrosis is difficult and many persons with the condition find themselves hiding their sweating from their closest of friends or partners and avoiding social contact.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis is a condition of Generalized Excessive Body Sweating. The cause of secondary Hyperhidrosis may be due to chronic infections, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune disorders, malignancy or other factors. A thyroid test is often recommended to people with excessive to verify that their Hyperhidrosis is not due to hyperthyroidism. The diagnosis and work-up of secondary Hyperhidrosis is usually made by a knowledgeable internist. This disorder is not responsive to surgical treatments for Hyperhidrosis.

Who suffers with hyperhidrosis?

In the United States, Hyperhidrosis affects one out of 30 individuals – or approximately twelve million Americans.

Hyperhidrosis affects both men and women, all races and every age group. One out of every30 Caucasians has Hyperhidrosis. Asians have an even higher rate of incidence with one of every five persons suffering from the condition.

At any stage of life, Hyperhidrosis presents difficult and humiliating situations for the sufferer.

Children or adolescents who suffer with Hyperhidrosis are particular vulnerable. As childhood is a time to build self-esteem, young people who are afflicted with Hyperhidrosis are especially at risk for developing inappropriate coping mechanisms. In middle or high school, a student with Hyperhidrosis usually finds that his or her peers misunderstand what the condition means. Frequently, a teenager will withdraw and distance himself or herself from potentially embarrassing situations. Furthermore, they can lose confidence in their abilities to interact with others.

Teenagers with Hyperhidrosis often will quit band, cheerleading, sports or even dating because of the embarrassment and ridicule from peers. The longer a teenager suffers with the condition, the greater the emotional fallout.

Adults with Hyperhidrosis are equally open to emotional distress. During conversations, sufferers may hide their hands under their arms, behind their backs or under their thighs.

Oftentimes individuals with the condition choose careers that eliminate social interaction. Even interviews or situations where shaking hands is expected are difficult.

Socially, adult patients report that during social gatherings, they often opt to constantly hold a cold drink so people would assume that their hand was cold and clammy because of the drink, not because of sweat.

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