Hyperhidrosis is a relatively common condition, yet there are a whole host of misconceptions around it, causing discomfort and embarrassment for the sufferer.
Sweating in itself is an entirely natural and normal phenomenon. When the body is hot – during exercise, warm weather or stress – the skin produces sweat which cools as it evaporates.
However, excessive sweating is when this is above average levels. The physical consequences of hyperhidrosis can be quite noticeable to those around, including:
While those around may suggest deodorant, hyperhidrosis sufferers inevitably realise that this is not a personal hygiene problem, as even the strongest anti-perspirant does not seem to have enough impact to control the wetness.
Prescription roll on products can be prescribed by the GP, but these are strong products and can cause skin irritation which means that many users cease use of them.
For underarm hyperhidrosis, the problem can be solved very effectively and quickly with BOTOX® injections.
These work to stop the nerve processes that trigger sweating, thereby literally drying up the condition for months at a time.
Depending on the individual, treatment will last from 5 to 14 months at which point it can be repeated if required.
For more information, a private consultation is recommended with Dr John Tanqueray.
As a former GP, he will take a comprehensive medical history and seek to understand any underlying causes of the problem before recommending treatment.
Consultations are provided with no obligation and are an excellent opportunity to find out more.