Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a permanent condition that causes discomfort and distress to men and to women.

Some people even go so far as to choose to have their sweat glands removed by a plastic surgeon due to the embarrassment they suffer from having sweaty hands, feet, armpits or profuse all-over sweating in general. However, there is a non-surgical treatment that prevents heavy sweating from interfering with work or daily life.

Hyperhidrosis can be treated with injections of botulinum toxin, a muscle relaxant used by doctors in the UK for years to help patients suffering from excessive sweating.

Botulinum toxin is injected into sweat glands in the armpits, hands or feet in a procedure that’s both quick and safe. This procedure is proven to give dramatic and life-changing results for many who suffer from this condition.

Hyperhidrosis can make sufferers soak their clothes and drip sweat regardless of their activity or exposure to heat.

Antiperspirants are useless, and the problem often leads to the individual simply wearing more layers and becoming more uncomfortable in an effort to hide it.

Everyone sweats, especially during the summer months, but for people with hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can cause moisture to drip from their body even during a cold winter day. 

It can affect one specific part, or the whole body, causing misery and embarrassment for the individual. It can result in stigma, and often leads to emotional trauma.

Normally, sweat glands produce perspiration that moves to the skin’s surface in response to a range of stimulus including rising air temperature if you are sick, exercising, anxious, nervous, stressed, or maybe have eaten hot food. When the triggers stop, the nerves send a signal for sweating to stop.  

However, in rare cases (less than 2 per cent of the population), the sweat glands don’t shut off, and this is known as hyperhidrosis. 

Sufferers can sweat in any circumstance; whilst cold, sitting watching TV, and some have even reported symptoms of sweating whilst stationary in a swimming pool. 

For the most part, excessive sweating is harmless, and doctors are unable to diagnose why it may occur. However, in a small number of other cases, it is hyperhidrosis.

Forms of hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis has two forms:

  • Focal hyperhidrosis, which is the most common and is excessive sweating of the hands, feet and underarms.
  • Generalised hyperhidrosis is not as common as it affects the whole body. This form of excessive sweating is usually caused by another application such as diabetes, thyroid issues or infection.

Sweat glands turn on and off in response to certain situations, but those with hyperhidrosis are always on. The body has between two and four million sweat glands, with most clustered around the feet, palms, face, and armpits.

A test can be carried out under the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS) which scores excessive sweating according to the impact on a person’s life, and can measure the severity of a condition.

Grade 1: Sweating /perspiration is not noticeable and never interferes with daily activities.

Grade 2: Sweating is tolerable but sometimes interferes with daily activities.

Grade 3: Sweating is barely tolerable and frequently interferes with daily activities.

Grade 4: Sweating is intolerable and always interferes with daily activities.

Grade 2 indicates mild or moderate hyperhidrosis but Grades 3 to 4 indicates severe hyperhidrosis and the person would be the ideal candidate for treatment. 

Can excessive sweating be treated?

Excessive underarm sweating is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, and at the Hunar Clinic we use Botox treatments to deal with it. 

While historically wrinkle injections have been used to combat excessive sweating, our specialist doctors find Botox to be a superior method that provides better, longer-lasting results.

Botox blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the overactive sweat glands, turning them “off”, and therefore significantly reducing the amount a person sweats. Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it is injected.

The process for receiving the injection from our experienced, professional and specially trained doctors is very quick and can be carried out in a swift visit to our clinic. 

The doctor injects Botox just underneath the surface of the skin using a tiny needle. It is likely you will receive multiple injections that form a grid pattern around the area of concern. In some cases, the doctor will provide a numbing agent or ice to prevent pain.

Patients return to work and normal life as soon as the appointment is finished. The results are almost immediate. A follow-up may be scheduled to check up and touch up any missed spots. 

How long do the results last?

The results tend to last between 3-6 months but this differs from patient to patient. How often you need to do touch-ups really depends, but typically every three to four months is a good range (depending on your age) to avoid excessive sweating returning.

The speed of how quickly Botox and fillers can be administered has led to a rise in untrained and unlicensed Botox clinics offering cheap – and dangerous – injections. We are happy to help you with research, and as patient safety is paramount to the Hunar Clinic, will talk you through all options and provide you with all the information you need to make a decision. 

We encourage anyone seeking treatment for excessive sweating to get in touch with us today for a totally confidential consultation.

Hyperhidrosis prices start from £600 for 100U of Botox

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