Hyperhidrosis is a condition that many people suffer with, where certain (often localised) areas of the body are more prone to sweating. Whilst Hyperhidrosis is surprisingly common, many people don’t realise they suffer from it – and never realise there are treatments available to restrict or stop their excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) is a condition that can negatively impact people in many ways. It can be embarrassing or uncomfortable for the person suffering from it, and can even impact the patients social anxiety or self confidence. Most people discover they have Hyperhidrosis because they notice one part of their body sweats much more than others, or what is considered normal. We have had patients come to us with Hyperhidrosis in the following areas (but it is not restricted to these areas, Hyperhidrosis can happen anywhere on the body where sweat glands are found):
Back of neck / hairline
People with Hyperhidrosis will often sweat with no apparent cause. Whereas most people sweat when the temperature increases, when they’re exercising, or when they’re nervous, someone with Hyperhidrosis may experience sweating all the time (regardless of these things). They may also experience a greater volume of sweat, making it much more noticable and obvious.
In short, the cause is overactive sweat glands. There are neurologic, endocrine, infectious, and other systemic diseases that can trigger Hyperhidrosis as a symptom – but most people suffering with Hyperhidrosis experience it as a stand alone issue.
There are a variety of options available to people suffering with excessive sweating, all varying in effectiveness and longevity. We’ve outlined these methods below:
Strong Antiperspirants: This is likely the first step someone will take to resolve the issue. Using a strong antiperspirant (instead of deodorant) can help stop the sweating in most mild cases. Many people see good results from this treatment, however it requires frequent upkeep and application.
Anti-sweat tablets: Some people may choose to take anti-sweating tablets, which can be prescribed by your GP. The type of tablet will effect the levels of effectiveness, but some people see good results with using tablets to control their symptoms. These tablets often have to be taken daily (or twice daily) so require you to maintain the results with constant monitoring of your dose. Some tablets can also cause dry throat and dry mouth, which some people find unpleasant.
Botox: Likely one of the most effective treatment methods, but uncommonly available on the NHS. Butolinum toxin stops the nerves in the localised areas from communicating to the sweat glands to produce sweat – which results in a high level of effectiveness. The anti-sweat side-effects from Botox can last up to 6 months, which for many people is life changing. Whilst this is an expensive option (compared to the others) it is also the longest lasting, and the least effort maintenance-wise.
If you are struggling with Hyperhidrosis, we’d like to hear from you to discuss your options and prices. You don’t need to suffer with Hyperhidrosis any longer.