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If you are a man who sweats more than the normal person in situations where excess sweating isn’t warranted, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. This can lead to embarrassing moments where sweat soaks through your clothing or drips excessively off your hands. Excessive sweating affects around two in every 100 people in the UK, so it’s more common than you might think. Thankfully, there are treatments to help with your overactive sweat glands, so you can live a normal life again.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is a normal body mechanism that cools you off when your body is overheated or you are nervous. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term to describe when this normal sweating becomes excessive and can’t be controlled. It can be linked to other medical conditions, such as testosterone imbalance, thyroid disorder or adrenal gland disorder, but it is often due to overactive sweat glands.
Men with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the environment is not warm and when they are not exercising. It usually affects the underarms (axilla), but it is also common in the hands and feet. Uncontrollable excessive sweating in men can cause significant embarrassment in everyday life and can lead to emotional stress and social avoidance. So it’s important to seek help if you are experiencing excessive sweating.
What Causes Excess Sweating?
There is no medical cause for hyperhidrosis, but there are indicators that it might be hereditary. Excessive sweating can also be triggered by medical conditions like thyroid disorder, diabetes, nervous system disorders and obesity. And certain prescription drugs may induce excessive sweating too. While this condition doesn’t cause physical harm to most people, it can have a negative effect on their quality of life, causing them to shy away from public situations and even romantic relationships.
How Can I Stop Myself from Excessively Sweating?
When deodorants and antiperspirants fail to control excessive sweating, underarm fillers can be an effective treatment. Botox is safe and approved to be used in the treatment of excessive sweating in the underarms by the EU and FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It works by blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. It can also be used to treat hands and feet, but may not be as effective. You will need to come into the clinic once or twice a year for Botox top-ups to maintain the results. Using Botox for focal hyperhidrosis (excess sweating not caused by a medical condition) can last four months to a year depending on the individual. While this procedure may not be available on the NHS, we will help you get the treatment you need to help improve your quality of life.
Getting Botox is simple and safe and can be completed within 30 minutes. You can go back to your normal activities after your appointment. A topical anaesthetic cream will be offered prior to the procedure to minimise any discomfort. Shaving or trimming of underarm hair 12 hours before the procedure is recommended to reduce the risk of infection. Effects can take a couple of weeks to be seen, so be patient if you don’t see results right away.
If excess sweating is affecting your daily life and has led to emotional stress and social avoidance, it’s time to speak to your doctor about treatment. There are several treatment methods that patients can try, from prescription antiperspirant and medicine to surgery. But many of our clients get positive results using Botox as a way to stop excessive sweating.