Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating
Are you embarrassed by the wet patches on your clothing, and feel at a loss with what to do about it?
Perhaps you are looking for something more effective than your antiperspirant but are not keen on suffering the side effects of anticholinergic medicines?
Your body produces sweat as a normal mechanism for cooling down. When you produce more sweat than is need for cooling (excessive sweating), then you suffer from a medical condition affecting about two to three percent of the population, referred to as hyperhidrosis (or, hyperhidrosis). Essentially, this means that you have overactive sweat glands.
In primary hyperhidrosis, the cause of the sweating is not known. It may affect the palms, soles of your feet, armpits, face and scalp. Rarely does primary hyperhidrosis affect the whole body. Stress and anxiety can make the condition worse.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when the excessive sweating is due to an underlying medical condition (e.g., diabetes, overactive thyroid gland, obesity, menopause, etc.). It may affect the whole body. Treatment of this kind of sweating will be dependent on treatment of the underlying medical condition.
Topical antiperspirants containing aluminium salts are typically used to reduce sweating. People often use deodorants to disguise unpleasant odours.
Prescription medications will help to control your sweating by blocking the nerves that stimulate your sweat glands. The most commonly used medications to manage excessive sweating are anticholinergics. Although many people experience success with anticholinergic therapy, some unwanted side effects include dry mouth, constipation, impaired taste, blurred vision, heart palpitations.
Perhaps you have tried a range of powders or lotions to temporarily treat the problem,and maybe even prescription pills,but to no avail.
Are you looking for a more permanent solution?
Hyperhidrosis treatment aims to reduce or completely stop excessive sweating from a particular area of the body; e.g., underarms, feet or hands.
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections can be effective for treating hyperhidrosis of the armpits. Botulinum toxin blocks the nerves from releasing the chemical that stimulates the sweat glands, and reduces a person’s amount of sweating by around 80-90%. Results are noticeable within 2 to 4 days after treatment and the effect typically lasts between 4 and 12 months.
Botox is injected in tiny amounts just under the skin. Injections take very little time to administer (a full procedure takes around 15 to 20 minutes) and treatment does not require any time off work or leisure activities.
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There are great treatments available right now for excessive sweating. Learn more about how you and our medical specialists can work together to find the right treatment or combination of hyperhidrosis treatments to manage your excessive sweating.