Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Sweating is an important bodily function that is performed to keep your body cool and prevent you from overheating. However, some people experience a condition called hyperhidrosis which is marked by an overactive sweat mechanism. This excessive sweating can occur at any time, even when your body doesn’t need to cool off.
Excessive sweating can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Hyperhidrosis often results in stained clothes, creates awkward moments during romantic settings and disrupts both personal and professional interactions. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help you get the relief you need if you suffer from hyperhidrosis.
You can receive customised treatment recommendations by speaking with our nurse in person.
Is Hyperhidrosis Genetic?
It appears that one of the types of hyperhidrosis – primary hyperhidrosis – may be an inherited condition. You certainly may have family members who suffer from the same excessive sweating. Secondary hyperhidrosis is the other type, and it is associated with an underlying condition, such as neurologic disorders and spine injuries.
Can Hyperhidrosis be Prevented?
Prevention of excessive sweating depends on the cause. You may be able to reduce episodes of hyperhidrosis if you can identify triggers, such as excessive caffeine consumption or untreated generalized anxiety. If the condition is caused by certain medications, you may want to talk to your doctor about finding an alternative medication to see if sweating is reduced.
For most people, hyperhidrosis cannot be prevented, but it can be managed, allowing you to lead a more comfortable, fulfilling life without the constant nuisance of being too sweaty.
What Regions of the Body Are Impacted by Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis typically causes excessive sweating in your:
- Palms of your hands
- Soles of your feet
Often, hyperhidrosis can interfere with routine activities. Sweaty palms can make it difficult to open a doorknob, grip a pen or shake hands. Sweaty armpits can soak through your clothes, leaving embarrassing marks. Sweaty feet can drench your socks, leaving your feet uncomfortable all day long.
Who is a Candidate for Hyperhidrosis Treatments?
You may be a good candidate for clinical strength antiperspirant or for antiwrinkle injections if you experience:
- Excessive sweating on the palms, soles of your feet, and underarms
- Excessive sweating interferes with your quality of life and is a significant inconvenience
- Perspiration gets in the way of your daily life, such as when you need to shake someone’s hand, or wear a professional blouse that stays dry for the duration of a presentation
Most people with excessive sweating are good candidates for treatment.
Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, our nurse may recommend one of the following treatment options:
- Clinical strength antiperspirants
- Antiwrinkle injections
Antiwrinkle injections works very well in most cases of hyperhidrosis. Injections are placed in the armpit to lessen sweat gland activity. The injection discomfort in this region is very minimal. Injections can also be administered in the hands and feet to reduce sweating in these areas.
How Long Will My Treatment for Hyperhidrosis Results Last?
Antiwrinkle injections will reduce hyperhidrosis for about 4-6 months, at which point re-treatment is necessary to maintain the effect. As you receive successive injections, you may find that the effects begin to last longer, and that more time can pass between appointments.
How Many Sessions for Hyperhidrosis Will I Need?
Hyperhidrosis can be reduced with a single injection appointment at our practice. It takes about 5 days to see the initial results, with optimal results reached in 2 weeks.
Are Clinical Strength Antiperspirants Safe for Hyperhidrosis Treatments?
Most people experience minimal to no side effects or complications when using clinical strength antiperspirants. Two of the most common side effects are irritation and a burning sensation where the antiperspirant is applied. Talk to our nurse if this occurs.