About one person in every 200 suffers from some form of excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis). This is usually under the arms but it can also be treated on the palms of hands or elsewhere.
Sweating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat; however, people with hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature. Excessive sweating can be greatly reduced with underarm injections.
Many patients describe how they have suffered in silence or were not aware that this condition can be treated. Some have described the effect of treatment as liberating or even life-changing.
Your process starts with a thorough one-to-one consultation and prescription with your nurse. Treatment for Hyperhidrosis is then really quite simple and is normally completed at the same appointment.
Treatment is a preparation of protein which, when small doses are injected into the skin, blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands. This prevents the glands from producing sweat. You can request a local anaesthetic cream to be applied in sensitive areas such as hands or feet. In most cases your nurse will just use an ice pack to help you feel even more comfortable.
This treatment is usually considered when topical treatments such as antiperspirants have been unsuccessful. This treatment is only effective in treating small areas and is therefore not a viable option for treating generalised hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is caused by overactivity of one type of sweat gland, the eccrine gland. These glands are found virtually all over the body surface but they are most dense on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and in the armpits. Many things can trigger normal or excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) – it’s just the amount of sweating that is different. Sweating may be triggered by exercise, heat or cold, stress, anxiety or strong emotions, or even time of the day, Alcohol, coffee or tea, smoking and hot or spicy food also are factors affecting the condition.
People with hyperhidrosis can produce a large volume of sweat. This means that the armpits may be constantly damp. This can cause embarrassment at work or socially and it may make normal everyday activities more difficult to carry out. Treatment for excessive sweating can reverse all or some of these problems.
People with hyperhidrosis can produce a large volume of sweat. This can cause embarrassment at work or socially and it may make normal everyday activities more difficult to carry out. If you feel that you sweat more than the average person and strong antiperspirants do not suit you, or if your clothing choices or lifestyle becomes restricted, then book a consultation, Treatment options may include a simple twice-yearly injection, bringing relief from excessive perspiring.
Choose clothing that will keep you cool. Natural fibres are cool but they can absorb sweat and can remain damp. Have a change of clothing available during the day. Keep your work environment cool and well aired. Avoid the food and drinks that trigger your sweating. Reduce stress during your day. Clothes odour is normally prevented by frequent washing, natural fibres like wool will trap sweat odour for several days.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis can vary enormously. The usual step is for you to book a one-on-one consultation with a nurse specialist. You can decide together if and how much treatment might be best for you. If you are not suitable for a treatment, your consultation deposit fee will be refunded.
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