8 / 9 / 2011
Armpit perspiration stains are an unpleasant, but widespread phenomenon. Solutions for combating excessive perspiration, known under the medical term of hyperhidrosis, include deodorants, Botox, surgery – or cables from HUBER+SUHNER.
Perspiration is a natural process, which is important for regulating body temperature. Under the skin, there are up to four million sweat glands, which are responsible for us producing up to half a litre of sweat an hour and up to twenty times that figure during heavy physical work. If, however, the sweat glands in the armpit area work excessively and without pause, physicians speak of hyperhidrosis. For millions of people, this represents a serious psychological burden.
Three conventional treatments for hyperhidrosis
To date, three treatments have been available for hyperhidrosis. For mild cases, an antiperspirant can be used, which is applied to the skin like a deodorant and blocks the sweat ducts. In more severe cases, Botox injections may be employed in order to paralyse the nerves that activate the sweat glands. Botox acts rapidly, but the procedure has to be repeated at six-monthly intervals. If the first two therapies fail, the third solution is the scalpel: The sweat glands, which are located more than two millimetres below the skin, are surgically removed. This procedure is lasting, but, like any operation, involves risks.
Microwaves against perspiration marks
California-based company Miramar Labs has now introduced a further option onto the market. Here, an applicator radiates electromagnetic energy externally into the sweat glands under the skin. The energy destroys the glands in a very gentle manner, the definitive K.O. for undesirable underarm perspiration. HUBER+SUHNER participated in the development of the device from the outset. All the microwave wiring for this application was adapted to the stringent electrical Underarm perspiration: Technological K.O. requirements at 5.8 GHz. The generator includes an almost 20-metre long SUCOFORM assembly as a resistor, which reduces the output power with high precision in accordance with the specific treatment. The combination of generator and applicator comprises three SUCOFLEX 103 assemblies equipped with BMA series connectors. Through the selection of special materials and predefined service intervals, the required high number of 5,000 mating cycles was achieved, increasing the service life by ten times. High flexibility, low signal losses and minimum dimensions at a cost-effective price: the SUCOFLEX cables provide clear benefits for Miramar Labs – and will surely send competitors into a cold sweat.