Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Excessive sweating is more common than you think, it can affect the whole body or just certain areas.
Sometimes it gets better with age but there are things that you can do to limit the amount of sweat that you produce and the effects that it has. One of the treatments available is a very successful treatment using Botulinum toxin, or as its most commonly known as, Botox.
What is excessive sweating?
Sweating is controlled by the brain, which sends signals along nerves called “sympathetic nerves” to the small sweat glands in the skin. These nerves are part of the “autonomic nervous system” which controls many unconscious body functions.
Increased sweating is a normal response to a rise in body temperature, and to emotions such as anxiety. By blocking these nerves using BTX, we can significantly reduce the amount of sweat in the area of concern.
Excessive sweating can happen for no obvious reason but can also happen because of another medical condition that you may have or as a side effect of the medication that you are taking.
Things you can do to help with excessive sweating:
- wear loose-fitting clothes to minimise signs of sweating
- wear socks that absorb moisture and change your socks at least twice a day if possible
- wear leather shoes and try to wear different shoes day to day
- wear tight clothes or man-made fabrics – for example, nylon
- wear enclosed boots or sports shoes that may cause your feet to sweat more
- do things that might make your sweating worse – for example, drinking alcohol or eating spicy food
You can also see a pharmacist about excessive sweating. There are things they can give you over the counter, such as:
- stronger antiperspirants instead of deodorant
- armpit or sweat shields to protect your clothing
- foot powders for sweaty feet
- soap substitutes that are gentler on your skin
It is important to see your GP if you have tried to reduce the amount you sweat, and you notice any of the following:
- it stops you from getting on with your daily activities
- it happens at least once a week
- it happens at night (you’re having night sweats)
- you have a family history of excessive sweating
- you’re taking medication for another condition
Your GP may refer you for tests if they think another condition may be causing your sweating.
How we can help
Here at DrBK we treat hundreds of patients who complain of excessive sweating. We do this by using Botulinum toxin, or Botox, that disables the sweat gland thus reducing the amount of sweat created in that area. The product is administered through several injections in the area.
What can I expect on the day?
Prior to the procedure taking place, the assistant will remove any debris from the area and cleanse the skin. Once this area is ready we will then place a few small injections on the site effected. This is really quite painless and a relatively quick procedure. Once completed the area will then be cleansed again and an aftercare sheet will be provided for you to take home.
What should I avoid after the procedure?
There is little to no downtime with this procedure and you would be able to continue your usual daily activities straight away. We do advise that you do not exercise for 48 hours after the procedure and refrain from drinking any alcohol on the day of treatment.
When can I expect results?
You will be asked to come in 6 weeks after the treatment for a review appointment in which we will assess you and possibly provide any further treatment if required.
Patients usually start to see results within 4 – 6 weeks after the treatment.
Will I need to have the treatment again?
The treatment is temporary, but you can enjoy the effects of it for up to 6 months. We do find that most of our clients will have this treatment once or twice a year.
Are there alternative treatments available?
Yes, if you require alternative treatments you can do this by seeing your GP, they will advise you on the most suitable treatment for you such as medication or surgery to remove the sweat gland.
Take a look at what this patient had to say about his hyperhidrosis experience!