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What is hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)?

Sweating is a natural part of how bodies regulate temperature, but people who suffer from hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed for body temperature control. Hyperhidrosis is very common, it is estimated that approximately 840,000 people are affected by it; often beginning in childhood or adolescence and continuing until the middle years.

Hyperhidrosis can make normal everyday activities difficult to carry out and it can cause embarrassment at work or socially.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

The cause of excessive sweating is the over activity of one particular sweat gland, the eccrine gland. Research suggests that this over-activity is linked to problems with the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates some important bodily functions. Eccrine glands themselves are located all over the body surface, but are concentrated in particular areas, such as under the armpits.

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The triggers of hyperhidrosis

There are a number of things that can trigger excessive sweating, including:

  • Exercise
  • Heat or cold
  • Alcohol, tea or coffee
  • Smoking
  • Hot or spicy food
  • Stress, anxiety or strong emotions
  • Certain times of the day
  • Stressful Occasions, such as public speaking or presenting

How do we treat hyperhidrosis?

If lifestyle changes and prescription antiperspirants do not control your symptoms, botolinum toxin (A), otherwise known as BOTOX®  has proven to be very effective.

It works by effectively reducing the over activity of the eccrine gland through a series of tiny injections into the underarm. Improvements are usually noticed within one-to-two weeks of treatment, and it can be deliver tremendous relief for the sufferers of hyperhidrosis.