Don’t Sweat It… Much!
Do you suffer from Hyperhidrosis? No Sweat!
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating, is a medical condition, characterised by excessive sweating in certain areas of the body, such as the underarms, palms, and feet. The condition can be debilitating, causing enormous embarrassment and negatively affecting business and social interactions, clothing choices and self-esteem. However, there is no need to suffer in silence and treatment is available.
The causes of hyperhidrosis are not entirely understood. It is thought that the condition is related to size and/or overactivity of the sweat glands, which are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. This overactivity leads to excessive sweating, even in cool temperatures or when the body is at rest.
There are several types of hyperhidrosis, including primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary focal hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating in specific areas of the body, such as the underarms, palms, feet, upper lip, nose and cheeks. Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, menopause, or an overactive thyroid.
Can Hyperhidrosis be managed?
The first line of treatment for hyperhidrosis is often antiperspirants. These products work by clogging the sweat ducts, which reduces the amount of sweat that is produced. There are many different types of antiperspirants available, including over-the-counter products and prescription products. However, some people may not find antiperspirants effective, or experience skin irritation from their use.
When topical agents do not work, a small volume of botulinum toxin can be injected into affected areas to reduce severe sweating of underarms, palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Botulinum toxin treatment helps control excessive sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. The procedure typically takes 30 – 45 minutes with no downtime and you should feel a significant reduction in sweating within four weeks of treatment.
In addition to these treatments, there are also many lifestyle changes that can be made to manage hyperhidrosis. Wearing breathable clothing, avoiding spicy foods, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can all help to reduce sweating. It is also important to practice good hygiene, as excessive sweating can lead to an increased risk of skin infections.
Regain Your Confidence
If you are experiencing excessive sweating, it is important to speak with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you. Our talent at SKYN are always ready to answer all your questions and concerns about the treatments we offer.
It’s also good to remember that hyperhidrosis is a medical condition which is not related to personal hygiene or laziness. People suffering from it should not be shamed or stigmatized for it. With the right treatment and some simple lifestyle changes, those living with hyperhidrosis can lead normal, active, confident lives.