Sweating is entirely natural and normal. It is a process designed to keep the body cool.
It’s estimated that human bodies lose around a litre of sweat each day. However, many people do sweat more than that. Sufferers of excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis) can lose 4-5 litres of sweat daily. This is likely to lead to visible ‘wet patches’ under the armpit as the amount of sweat is simply too large to gently dissipate or evaporate. This can be noticeable to others. In addition, when sweat dries on clothing or on the skin, it may then have an unpleasant odour.
This causes a number of problems. The first is the overwhelming sense of embarrassment – patients very often feel self-conscious and embarrassed about the sweating. They worry about what people will think about the damp patches or whether they have started to give off any unpleasant body odours. It can even lead to social isolation as they keep to themselves, avoiding socialising.
It is important to remember that this is not just about personal hygiene. Sufferers of hyperhidrosis often use large amounts of antiperspirant yet it is not strong enough to stem the problem.
Practical solutions for the problem include:
- Choose loose, light clothing made of cotton (synthetic fibres tend to be warmer to wear). Don’t be afraid to carry spares
- Use a strong antiperspirant which has ingredients to reduce sweating (deodorant is only designed to mask smells). Extra strong antiperspirants have higher concentrations of active ingredients
- Apply antiperspirant at night when sweat production is lower and the product won’t just ‘wash off’. You can always reapply in the morning although it won’t all wash off in the shower. Reapplying in the afternoon can also be helpful or before a stressful meeting
- Avoid spicy foods and caffeine, which can stimulate the sweat glands. Garlic and onions can make the sweat smellier too
Seek professional help – if excessive sweating is affecting your life, then there are solutions that can help
Doctors can prescribe stronger anti-perspirant products, although many patients find that these cause irritation and still don’t give enough relief.
Surgery is an extreme solution and there can be complications such as the sweat migrating to another part of the body.
Sweat reduction injections are an excellent choice and help many men and women.
Injections of botox (botullinum toxin) into the underarm area block the sweat signals and effectively dry up the sweating for months at a time.
Sweating Treatment Northampton
Dr John Tanqueray at Mulberry House Clinic in Hardingstone is a highly experience GP who also has his own well-established skin clinic.
Mulberry House offer sweat reduction injections for the underarms with excellent success rates.
A consultation is free of charge. This will include a full understanding of the condition and the practical problems the patient is experiencing. As a GP, Dr Tanqueray will also explore any potential underlying conditions.
If appropriate, injections can be carried out at the clinic and should give several months relief.
Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre was established in 2003 and offers a range of non-surgical cosmetic and anti-ageing treatments; carried out personally by Dr John Tanqueray, who is also involved in training other medical professionals in the use of popular cosmetic injections such as botulinum toxin and facial fillers.
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