Now that summer is here, it’s natural that the warmer we get, the more we sweat!
However, there’s a difference between sweating when we’re hot, and sweating excessively to the point where it affects our daily lives.
Excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis. It’s a common condition, affecting 1-3 in every 100 people. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK living with hyperhidrosis and it can develop at any age.
What can cause hyperhidrosis?
‘Primary’ hyperhidrosis is thought to result from a problem with the area of the nervous system that controls sweating and can be genetic.
‘Secondary’ hyperhidrosis can have many triggers, including pregnancy, menopause, anxiety, certain medications, low blood sugar, an overactive thyroid gland and infections.
The effects of hyperhidrosis include:
- avoiding physical contact because you feel self-conscious
- avoiding physical activities (dancing, exercising, etc) as you think it will make your sweating worse
- spending a lot of time showering and changing your clothes to cope with your sweating
- feeling down and socially withdrawn
How can excessive sweating be treated?
If you think you have hyperhidrosis, it’s best to first see your GP, who will advise you of your treatment options including powerful antiperspirants.
Lifestyle changes may help, including wearing loose, light clothes and avoiding triggers such as alcohol and spicy foods which may make sweating worse.
If these steps do not have an effect, you may be advised to try Botulinum Toxin injections – and that’s where we can help.
At Honour Health, we can treat underarm (axillary) hyperhidrosis by injecting Botulinum Toxin (muscle relaxants) into the overactive sweat glands. We identify these glands by applying a special powder to the skin.
Botulinum Toxin blocks excess nerve signals to the sweat glands, which then reduces the amount of sweat the body releases.
Will it hurt?
You will feel a small pinprick when the injections are given in the armpit, but aside from that, this is a comfortable and painless procedure. We can use local anaesthetic if you have sensitive skin, to numb it during the treatment.
What are the benefits?
This is a safe, quick and convenient process, taking about 30-45 minutes, with no downtime. It will help to reduce any embarrassment caused by overactive sweat glands.
How long does it last?
The effects of Botulinum Toxin last for up to three months, after which time the treatment can be repeated if necessary.
How do I find out more?
If you join our Honour Health Club, you will receive 10% off hyperhidrosis treatment.
Interest free credit is available for any treatment costing over £350.
For further information about hyperhidrosis, visit the NHS website