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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.

That time i made a sweaty fool of my self at the dentist

I’m going to tell you about this one time that I really made a fool out of my self. Because of my extreme hand and face sweating I have always been a bit nervous about visiting the dentist. It’s like it’s not enough having hyperhidrosis, god had to give me an extreme fear of dentists and a high blood pressure. I always take a few weeks before deciding to visit a dental clinic. It’s a struggle! I google dentists, I check out articles of overcoming dental fear, I send embarrassing emails to the dentist of choice and ask if they can do their business in my home (they can’t). After all this I finally get the courage to schedule a time online at this dental clinic in Oslo. (By the way, I only do this when my teeth are hurting so much that I basically can’t concentrate on anything else.) So I schedule a time for root canal treatment. I know this because the seal of the tooth that I previously treated has fallen off and the tooth is once again rotten inside. I know, this sounds awful. But nothing compared to the pain.

The day of reckoning finally arrives and I need to challenge all my fears and go to the dentist. I try to be there exactly at the right time. I even call before to make sure that they aren’t late. I go in. My hands are already sweating, but I feel like I have everything under control. I go in, say hi and sit down on the dental chair. The dentist knows that I’m not happy to be there, so she tries to get on with it. The dentist colleague comes in and now they are two in the room with me, the scared sweaty guy. The dentist gives me sedation and we’re good to go.

But this is where things start to go wrong. My hands are sweating, my black shirts is soaked under the arms and my face starts flooding. They push a tool in my mouth and it starts bleeding. I try to do some amateur mediation in my head but nothing works. I panic. I ask for them to stop and give me a few minutes. So they look at each other and step out of the room. I, a 28 year old grown up, start acting like a child and try to escape from the window. Thankfully they come in while I have one leg out of the window and got stuck with my jeans in a hook under the window. They start laughing and I start laughing and somehow the whole situation just solves it self.

So there you have it. Embarrassing, but now I have a dentist for life. They understand me.

What i thought i was going to do 🙂

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