Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that causes people to sweat too much. Although everyone produces sweat, those who have hyperhidrosis may find that his or her perspiration becomes uncontrollable. As a result, they may feel anxious about social situations or embarrassed by their condition.
If you feel as though you’re sweating too much, don’t worry. Around one percent of the population suffers from this condition. While that may seem like a small number, it represents a significant proportion of the UK’s population.
As there are other causes of excess sweating, you may want to discuss your symptoms with your GP before seeking cosmetic treatments. For example, certain diseases and ageing changes will cause people to sweat more at night. It is especially important to approach a medical professional if your excessive sweating comes with unexpected weight loss.
If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis, it helps to understand the different types. Some forms have triggers, and when you recognise them, you can reduce your symptoms. Also, you may want to consider Botox for excessive sweating.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that involves excessive sweating. You might find that your state is focal, which means it occurs in only one area. Or, it can be generalised, which means you sweat all over your body.
In general, there are three different forms of hyperhidrosis:
This type of excessive sweating will occur in one area only. For example, your hands, armpits, soles, or scalp. In some cases, primary focal hyperhidrosis is present from a young age.
This is where you experience the symptoms described above, but there is an underlying medical condition causing the problem. It’s for this reason that seeking advice from a medical doctor is essential.
As the name suggests, generalised hyperhidrosis occurs all over the body. In most cases, it is iatrogenic, which means drugs or medical therapies cause it. Or, it may arise due to an underlying medical condition, such as hyperthyroidism.
Other temporary causes of this condition can include pregnancy, withdrawing from drugs or alcohol, and unresolved malignancies. However, such conditions become apparent when a doctor assesses your excessive sweating.
Are there ways to prevent sweating too much?If you are experiencing primary focal hyperhidrosis, it is sometimes useful to keep a journal that details when you experience symptoms. If you start to notice a pattern and identify a trigger, remove that trigger from your life to reduce the number of episodes you encounter.
How to stop excessive sweating with other measures
Other ways to prevent excessive sweating include:
- Avoiding soaps that irritate and dry out your skin
- Make sure you are using an antiperspirant rather than a deodorant. While antiperspirants discourage your sweat glands from producing sweat, deodorants merely mask the smell.
- If your condition affects your feet, change your socks or tights twice a day. You should also spend time walking around your home without socks on.
If you are struggling to stop excessive armpit sweating, you may want to consider wearing light coloured clothes. While they won’t reduce the amount of sweat you produce, they will make your condition less visible. As a result, you should feel less self-conscious.
If self-help measures aren’t working, you might want to consider a cosmetic therapy. The most successful one for treating hyperhidrosis is Botox.
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Medical professionals worldwide use Botox for excessive sweating. While this treatment isn’t often available via the NHS, you can seek private help.
Using Botox injections for excessive sweating
Botox is a chemical that blocks nerve signals from travelling to various areas of the body. Many people associate it with wrinkle reduction, where it relaxes muscles to make wrinkles less apparent.
The same actions that allow Botox to reduce wrinkles can also treat excessive sweating. In the case of hyperhidrosis, this means administering Botox to the area where the person encounters excessive sweating, which means they won’t sweat so much. When injected correctly, it will block the nerve signals that reach the sweat glands. As a result, the patient sweats less.
Although most clinicians use Botox for excessive sweating in the armpits only, those with the right experience and training can tackle other areas. Using this therapy comes with lots of benefits. They include:
- The procedure is quick, which means patients don’t have to stay in a hospital.
- Most treatments last for six months.
- After using Botox for sweating, patients have the freedom to wear whatever clothes they like; without worrying about sweat patches.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
If you want to know why you sweat so much, you can start your treatment journey with Rutland Aesthetics. Our team is lead by Dr Dhesi. As a medically qualified doctor, he has the skills and training required to administer Botox to stop your excess sweating.
Following a thorough consultation, Dr Dhesi will form a treatment plan and provide advice that addresses your hyperhidrosis. To learn more about how Rutland Aesthetics can help you, contact us today.
*Please note that a medical consultation is required before having the treatment.