Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis

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What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, can be an embarrassing and highly uncomfortable problem. You could be sweating too much because of an underlying health condition, for example obesity, gout, menopause, a tumor, mercury poisoning, diabetes mellitus, or even an overactive thyroid gland. It can also have no apparent cause, and often develops in a person's teenage years. Luckily it can be treated.

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What is Excessive Sweating?

Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, can be an embarrassing and highly uncomfortable problem. You could be sweating too much because of an underlying health condition, for example obesity, gout, menopause, a tumor, mercury poisoning, diabetes mellitus, or even an overactive thyroid gland. It can also have no apparent cause, and often develops in a person’s teenage years. Luckily it can be treated.

What Areas Does Hyperhidrosis Affect?

The more common type of the condition tends to affect the hands, feet, groin and underarms. But some people suffer from generalised hyperhidrosis which affects the whole body, usually as a knock-on effect of another illness, for example diabetes.

If your hyperhidrosis affect your hands, feet, groin and head there are several treatments to choose from depending on your condition and cicrcumstances.

Popular Hyperhidrosis Treatments

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Treatment

Botox is usually used to treat lines and wrinkles on the face. But advanced techniques can be used to treat excessive sweating. This involves injecting a protein into the skin which blocks the nerves supplying the sweat glands – the eccrine glands – to stop them from producing sweat. The treatment isn’t a cure, it only provides temporary relief and needs to be repeated every nine months.

Removal of Underarm Sweat Glands

This surgical procedure involves taking out the sweat glands. It doesn’t have any effect on the way your body regulates its temperature.  Many people prefer to use a less invasive method like Botox to keep their hyperhidrosis under control.

Fractora

Fractora is a radiofrequency device that delivers energy through specially designed tips that produce thermal (heat) damage under the skin. Fractora is used for treatment of hyperhidrosis of the armpits where it can permanently destroy the majority of the armpit area sweat.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Alternatives?
Apart from the three options, we’ve talked about, the only way to control the effects of excessive sweat and odour is to wash often and apply a strong deodorant frequently.
How Will I Feel?
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis you’ll know how awful it is to constantly sweat. Anything you can do to reduce the problem will make you feel more confident about going out, meeting people, and carrying on your everyday life.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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