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Excessive Sweating: What Is It And How Can It Be Treated?

ARTISTIC AESTHETIC MEDICINE

Sweating is the body’s natural way of regulating its temperature. And whilst we all perspire in certain situations – be it out of fear, embarrassment or exposure to the heat – this is very often completely normal and nothing to worry about.

Spare a thought, then, for those who have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, which is the medical term for excessive sweating. This distressing condition has been known to cause its sufferers tremendous anxiety and discomfort, especially as there are quite often no obvious triggers and it will occur seemingly at will.

Hyperhidrosis Explained

Sweating may be involuntary, but most people are still largely aware of what can lead to episodes of perspiration. This includes things such as having a strong emotional response to a situation, eating spicy foods, engaging in heavy exercise or going through menopause. Where hyperhidrosis differs from conventional sweating is that it isn’t necessarily influenced by physical exertion or an internal reaction, but may just begin spontaneously.

Believed by some to be an inherited trait, hyperhidrosis currently affects up to 3% of the UK population. And, hereditary influences aside, there is quite often no root cause for this condition. Somewhat unhelpfully, hyperhidrosis is simply something that occurs due to the natural overactivity of the nerves that let the body know when it’s time to sweat. It can be localised to a specific area, such as the face, hands, feet or underarms, but may take place all over the body.

There are times where underlying medication conditions are responsible for excessive sweating. Cancer, heart disease, lung disease or Parkinson’s are examples of such illnesses.

How Excessive Sweating Affects Its Sufferers

Although a physical complaint, excessive sweating can have an enormous impact on the confidence of those diagnosed with this condition. It can be disruptive of everyday activities and may require those affected to change their clothes multiple times during an episode. In many instances, periods of excessive sweating can take place once a week; this creates huge social anxiety and may even make people reluctant to participate in particular aspects of day-to-day life.

Treatment For Excessive Sweating

Ahead of the summer, a season that may make the symptoms of hyperhidrosis worse, experts suggest that the key to managing this condition is in staying hydrated, dressing in loose clothing, regularly applying antiperspirant and attempting to remain clear of stress.

At Dr Rasha Clinic, we provide an injectable treatment for the management of hyperhidrosis and have used this on many occasions to help our patients enjoy an improvement in their mental wellbeing. In this procedure, botulinum toxin is delivered to the area(s) of the body prone to excessive sweating and brings a temporary halt to the overproduction of sweat by blocking the body’s nerve signals.

Patients tend to experience relief from their symptoms for three to six months and will need to undergo maintenance treatments should they wish to keep their hyperhidrosis under control. It is not uncommon to feel a little discomfort during this procedure, but Dr Rasha will always aim to conduct this in as gentle a manner as possible. As such, an anaesthetic may be provided to ease any pain.

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Are you looking for a solution to excessive sweating? Book in for your treatment today by calling us on 0203 746 2211 or 07511 107 511. Alternatively, you can visit our website or email us at info@drrashaclinic.com.

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