What is Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for frequent or excessive sweating. Sweating is the body’s natural cooling mechanism, but when the body produces more sweat than is necessary to cool the body, this is known as hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating is most common on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and the underarms.

The excessive sweating can disrupt everyday life. Someone suffering with this condition may refrain from taking part in sport or other recreational activities. Severe sweating can cause severe social anxiety can be embarrassing. There are three types of this condition.

Primary focal hyperhidrosis

Primary focal hyperhidrosis affects three per cent of people and is where there is excessive sweating that affects one or more of the following parts of the body, including palms of the hands, the soles of feet, the underarms and the face or scalp. The rest of the body however sweats normally.

There may be certain triggers to the sweating such as stress, anxiety, emotion, heat and spicy foods. The condition usually begins in early adulthood. There is no real known cause of this, it is believed the sweat glands in these areas are just more sensitive than normal and there is evidence that it may be partly genetic and run in families.

It can be an embarrassing problem forcing people to change their clothes frequently, avoid social situations and can affect their confidence and performance at work. The constant wet patches can also cause soreness and irritation to the skin. This type of excessive sweating can be easily and effectively treated with Botox® injections.

Secondary focal hyperhidrosis

This is a rare type of hyperhidrosis where excessive sweating occurs in one particular place and there is a known cause. For example someone with a rare spinal or nerve problem may find their leg sweats excessively.

Generalised hyperhidrosis

This is the term used for a person who sweats excessively all over their body. This too is not as common as primary hyperhidrosis and is often a symptom of another medical problem such as infection, an overactive thyroid gland, side effect to a certain drug or anxiety. Having a blood test via your General Practitioner can help diagnose this type of hyperhidrosis.

Excessive sweating affecting the underarms can be successfully treated with Botox® injections at Face Clinic London, the treatment costs around £300-£450 and is performed by a doctor. Our prices can be found on this page.

To make an appointment you can book online, call 0845 604 4992 or email us at book@facecliniclondon.com.

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