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What’s wrong with sitting in the air conditioner and sweating like a bath?

I sweat a lot, in the air-conditioned room, but my face is always greasy and wet, and my hands are sweaty dripping. I am very depressed, studying hotel management again, so I am worried that it will affect my work later. Please advise how to remedy this situation? (Dang Khoa, 21 years old, HCMC)


Doctor, Doctor Nguyen Anh Dung – Head of Cardiovascular – Thoracic Surgery Department, Cardiovascular Center of Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said that sweating is a normal response of the body to lower body temperature, such as when exercising a lot. sports or hot weather. If you sweat excessively even under normal conditions, or are sitting in an air-conditioned room, the patient needs to see a doctor to find out the cause.

Excessive sweating of the hands is a common disease in young people, when the nervous system activates the glands to produce a lot of sweat even when the body does not need it. Diseases are divided into two groups: primary and secondary. If primary hyperhidrosis causes the hands to sweat at any time for no apparent reason, even in a cool environment, normal physical activity, and mental comfort; Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs due to a number of diseases such as neurological disorders, congestive heart failure, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, cancer, infection, diabetes…

“About 90% of patients with hyperhidrosis have no known cause. Therefore, if you have two of the following symptoms, it is important to see your doctor soon: bilateral symmetric sweating, excessive sweating even during intense inactivity, at least once a week, Symptoms appear at the age of under 25 years old, someone in the family has increased sweating of the hands, sweating a lot during the day but not during sleep …”, Dr. Dung noted.

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Patient’s wet hand (left) and dry hand (right) after endoscopic sympathectomy at Tam Anh General Hospital

Photo: Provided by the hospital

Although increased sweating does not seriously affect health, it causes many troubles in work and life, making patients self-conscious, afraid to communicate, and even depressed. Not to mention, prolonged increased hand sweat can make the skin of the hands moist, leading to peeling, fungal skin infections and other dermatological diseases.

According to Dr. Dung, there are currently many methods to treat increased hand sweat such as using a topical solution at night, botox A injections, oral anticholinesterase drugs, water ion therapy or endoscopic surgery. sympathetic ganglion burning. Each measure has its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the location of the sweat, the severity or the lightness, and the patient’s wishes, the doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment method.

In particular, endoscopic sympathectomy is performed when minimally invasive measures are unsuccessful or have side effects. At Tam Anh General Hospital, many cases of hyperhidrosis have been successfully treated with this method. After surgery, the condition of sweaty hands improved up to 95% compared to before.

The advantage of endoscopic sympathectomy is that with only two or three small incisions (0.5-1cm) in the armpit area, it ensures aesthetics, short surgery time, quick recovery, high rate of surgery, and high recovery rate. Low recurrence rate should be the preferred treatment choice for patients.

You can go to the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery – Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Center of Tam Anh General Hospital to be examined by doctors, to check the level of increased sweating of your hands for appropriate treatment.

However, in order to increase the effectiveness of treatment and prevent recurrence, Dr. Dung noted that patients need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, control anxiety and stress; wash your hands often with cold water; wear cool clothes, good sweat absorption; Drink lots of water, follow a scientific diet…

To book an appointment with the doctors of Tam Anh General Hospital, readers can contact:

Hanoi: 108 Hoang Nhu Tiep, Bo De ward, Long Bien district. Hotline: 18006858

HCMC: 2B Pho Quang, Ward 2, Tan Binh District. Hotline: 028.71026789

Website: https://tamanhhospital.vn

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