Excessive sweating that exceeds the requirements of the body to cool itself and remove toxins is medically termed hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a relatively common disorder, which affects 1–3% of the population. Excessive sweating may be generalised, but most often it involves the palms, underarms, feet, and groin.
Sweating is controlled by the autonomic sympathetic nervous system, which beautifully and seamlessly orchestrates the body’s reaction to stressful situations and emergencies. The sympathetic nervous system activates the sweat glands via the chemical messenger acetylcholine. However, people with hyperhidrosis generate several times more sweat than normal because they are particularly sensitive to this signal. Whilst there is some evidence to suggest the condition may have a hereditary link, little is known about what actually causes it. Whilst there is currently no cure, the good news is that we have an excessive sweating treatment available for every preference.
What Are The Types Of Excessive Sweating?
Primary (idiopathic) focal hyperhidrosis:
This type of excessive sweating tends to affect both sides of your body, generally the palms of both hands, soles of both feet, and both armpits. On the rest of the body, you may perspire normally. The severity can vary from time to time. It may come and go and can be made worse by triggers such as anxiety, emotion, spicy foods, or heat. Anxiety about the sweating itself may make it worse.
Secondary focal hyperhidrosis:
This is form is much less common. It results in excessive sweating occurring in one particular part of your body because of a known or likely cause. For example, spinal disease or injury may cause sweating in one leg.
This means that you sweat excessively all over your body. This is less common than primary focal hyperhidrosis. However, it is usually caused by an underlying medical condition. A whole range of conditions can cause generalised hyperhidrosis. For example:
- Anxiety disorders
- Various heart problems
- Damage to nerves in the spinal cord
- Side-effects to certain medicines
- Various hormone problems (including an overactive thyroid gland)
- Certain cancers
Over The Counter Excessive Sweating Treatment Options
Currently, there is no single cure for excessive sweating, but there is still a lot you can do to help with the symptoms. For many people, the first step they take is to try and avoid possible triggers that can make things worse such as heat or spicy food.
Following this, you can use antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride reduce the release of sweat, avoid clothes that easily show up sweat marks, and wear loose clothing under the armpits made of natural fibres such as cotton or linen.
Excessive Sweating Treatments At PHI Clinic
At PHI, we have several options for excessive sweating under the arms and we discuss the best options for each individual during a discrete consultation process with highly trained experienced clinicians.
Botulinum toxin injections:
Botulinum toxin injections are an option that works beneficially for armpit sweating. The treatment consists of multiple small injections just under the skin of the armpits. The toxin, once administered, prevents the nerves in the skin that control the sweat glands from functioning. (Botulinum toxin is not licensed to treat sweating palms and face. This is because there is a risk that the injections may stop some of the nearby small muscles of the hands or face from working). The treatment lasts between 4-12 months depending on the individual patient.
miraDry is a simple treatment that can be completed in as little as one hour. The miraDry System uses thermal energy that targets and eliminates the sweat glands in your underarm area. Once those overactive glands are eliminated, they do not grow back, so miraDry is a long-lasting excessive sweating treatment. miraDry treatment has three straightforward steps:
After your underarm is numbed, the clinician will place the handpiece directly on to your skin, lining it up with the temporary tattoo that has been applied to your underarm.
Next, the handpiece is activated. You will feel a slight suction as your skin and glands are drawn closer to the surface for maximum results.
Finally, thermal energy is delivered and the sweat glands are eliminated. All the while, the system is cooling to protect your skin, maximising patient comfort during treatments.
miraDry is a CE Marked and FDA-cleared solution that has been tried and tested for its safety and efficacy. It is the only long-term, lasting, non-surgical solution for treating hyperhidrosis. Each patient is reviewed following the initial treatment, but after 1-2 treatments the majority of patients report up to 80% improvement in their underarm sweating symptoms.
Why Visit PHI Clinic For Excessive Sweating Treatment?
Our team of specialists at PHI Clinic are highly experienced in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. All patients that come to PHI for excessive sweating treatment will be given a full assessment at the first consultation. This will determine what our experts feel is best for you as an individual. All of our hyperhidrosis treatments are non-invasive and require little or no downtime.
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