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What is Hyperhidrosis? A simple treatment explained

December 15, 2015

What is Hyperhidrosis? A simple treatment explained

Hyperhidrosis is a condition whereby overactive sweat glands cause excessive sweating of the skin and various parts of the body. The main areas that can be affected by hyperhidrosis are under the arms, the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. If antiperspirant deodorants do not resolve this problem then it may be temporarily relieved by injecting a drug which is also used for cosmetic purposes as an anti-wrinkle treatment. The drug is injected into the dermis of the affected area into the site near the sweat glands. This causes a disruption to the signals which are normally sent from the dermis to the sweat gland. The disruption stops the sweating process altogether in that particular region.


How long does the injection treatment for hyperhidrosis last?

The longevity of this treatment for hyperhidrosis will vary from person to person.  However, generally, the average effects can last from between 3-6 months. Once sweating starts to reoccur then it is time to have another treatment.

What areas can be treated for hyperhidrosis?

Under the arms is a popular place that can be treated with these injections. It can be quite embarrassing, especially when clothes appear wet, accompanied by an unpleasant odour, and also staining of clothes is a common complaint. If antiperspirant deodorants don’t seem to be helping the problem, then injection treatment may be well worth trying.

The palms of the hands are also common areas that can be affected by hyperhidrosis and can be easily treated. Sweaty palms can affect people in many ways such as meeting new people; you may avoid shaking hands and it can get slippery making simple tasks difficult to complete.

Excessively sweaty feet often cause foot odour and wet smelly socks which can cause embarrassment at times.

Is this treatment for hyperhidrosis suitable for me?

If you are suffering from this hyperhidrosis, this treatment maybe worth trying. It has been proven to be effective and if excessive sweating is causing you worry in your day to day activities, then there is no harm in giving it a try. Some people will have this treatment just as the warmer weather begins as that is when the problem may be worse. Others will have the treatment 2-3 times per year to ensure the problem is kept under control all year round.   If you have been thinking about getting this treatment, consult your clinician for a consultation. This involves a short test to see the extent of the condition and to estimate the appropriate dose you will need for optimal results. The treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.