Hyperhidrosis – Don’t stress over excessive sweating. It can be treated effectively
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where sufferers experience excessive perspiration. While usually localised in the underarms, face, hands and feet, hyperhidrosis can also be generalised throughout the entire body. It is not uncommon for those with hyperhidrosis to go through several changes of clothing throughout the day and often has a negative effect on self-esteem. While considered by many to be embarrassing, hyperhidrosis is surprisingly common. In more severe cases, it can lead to painful and irritating skin conditions, such as fungal and bacterial infections. Despite the social stigma attached to sweating, few sufferers have spoken about it with their doctor or even know about any treatment options.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
In the past, hyperhidrosis was thought to be caused by a person’s mental or emotional state, and that the condition itself was purely psychological and only affected those experiencing great amounts of anxiety or stress. According to recent studies, however, research has shown that sufferers of hyperhidrosis are no more/no less prone to nervousness or emotional distress than the rest of the population.
A muscle relaxant, prescription medicine, is injected into the affected area, blocking the release of a chemical in the nervous system responsible for the activation of sweat glands, known as acetylcholine. Localised tenderness or bruising following the treatment is normal, and usually subsides within a day.
Benefits of Treating Hyperhidrosis
- Treatments make no more than 45 minutes
- Minimal downtime, and mild swelling subsides within a day.
- Minimal discomfort with no anaesthesia required.