Everyone sweats, especially in hot weather, but some of us suffer more than others. Changing clothes and taking showers multiple times a day are necessary for some of us who sweat excessively, and social withdrawal due to embarrassment is an unfortunate side effect of the condition, which can lead, in extreme cases, to mental illnesses like depression.
Hyperhidrosis is a serious matter that can lead to people spending hours of their day worrying about having to engage in physical contact with others, which can make employment difficult, as well as not being able to wear certain colours because of the risk of large sweat patches being obvious. The effort put in on a daily basis to reduce signs of sweating can cause physical and emotional exhaustion, and puts a real strain on school, university, jobs, and even relationships. It’s important to realise that with this condition, you are not alone, and there are possibilities for treatment.
Excessive sweating is estimated to affect around 3% of the world’s population, and summer can be the worst time of all. We have all felt worried about sweat patches or body odour, and it can leave us feeling anxious in even the most laid back social situations.
So what causes it?
Well, there are two types of excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis); primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. These names might sound scary, but all they mean is that this condition either happens on its own or as a symptom of another condition. Primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis is sweating that occurs of its own accord, (idiopathic means the problem doesn’t have a source) that is usually localised, in the hands, feet, armpits, and face. This is understood to be an overreaction of the sympathetic nervous system, that takes care of body functions we don’t consciously put effort into, like digesting food or pupils dilating. This is usually as a result of genetic inheritance, where signals are sent to the sweat glands either too often, in high concentration, or at the slightest stimulus.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating as a symptom of another condition, including pregnancy, menopause, anxiety, low blood sugar, hyperthyroidism, or obesity.
This condition is easily treatable using options like Botox® or MiraDry to inhibit glands that produce sweat. Botox® blocks the nerves that make the eccrine glands release sweat to reduce hyperhidrosis temporarily, and MiraDry uses MiraWave technology to destroy the glands without hurting the skin above them.
At PHI Clinic, we want to help you pick the best option for addressing your hyperhidrosis; to find out how, book a no obligation consultation with one of our clinicians today either through logging an enquiry online or directly phoning us on 02070345999.