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What Is Excess Sweating?



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Excess sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a little-understood medical condition where sweating occurs that is not necessarily related to heat or exercise. Excessive sweating may cause you to perspire so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Taking preventative measures can be burdensome and time-consuming, and this type of heavy sweating is often associated with social anxiety and embarrassment.

Hyperhidrosis treatments are available for excessive sweating, the first port of call for most people is a trip to their GP who will offer prescription-strength antiperspirants. However, quite often antiperspirants don’t help or the ingredients can cause side-effects, in which case your GP may suggest different medications and therapies.

In some severe cases, your doctor may suggest surgery either to remove the sweat glands or to disconnect the nerves responsible for the overproduction of sweat.

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Symptoms Of Excess Sweating

Most people sweat when they exercise or exert themselves, or if they are in a hot environment. Most of us also perspire if we are feeling anxious or if we are put under stress. However, the excessive sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis far exceeds the normal sweating that would usually be experienced in these circumstances.

When To See A Doctor Due To Excessive Sweating

It is important to note that in some very rare cases excessive sweating may be a sign of a serious condition and it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain, or nausea.

The general rule though is that you should visit your doctor if:

  • Excessive sweating disrupts your daily routine
  • Sweating causes emotional distress or social withdrawal
  • You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
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Causes Of Excess Sweating

Sweating is your body’s mechanism to cool itself and release toxins. Your nervous system automatically triggers your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal (essential) hyperhidrosis. With this type, the nerves responsible for signalling your sweat glands become overactive, even though they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature.

With stress or nervousness, the problem becomes even worse. There is no medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis. It may have a hereditary component because it sometimes runs in families.

Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is due to a medical condition. It is a less common type and conditions that may lead to heavy sweating include:

  • Diabetes
  • Menopause hot flashes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Some types of cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Infections
  • Certain medications also can lead to heavy sweating, as can opioid withdrawal
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Solutions For Excess Sweating At PHI Clinic

Hyperhidrosis can be distressing however, whilst strong prescription drugs or antiperspirants may not help, not everyone feels ready for the more drastic step of invasive surgery.

At PHI we have several solutions available for the symptomatic relief of excessive sweating and both are safe and approved methods with a proven and successful track record, and our highly skilled and experienced staff have performed these procedures with excellent results, hundreds of times.

Botox For Excessive Sweating

Botox, a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin, it alters the way a muscle receives messages to perform its motor functions. It is commonly used at PHI Clinic to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, slim down the jaw, and smooth over a cobbled chin.

When Botox is applied to reduce sweating in the underarm area, it is injected via a tiny needle into several points of the armpit. The chemicals that cause sweat glands to ‘turn on’ stop being secreted temporarily as the Botulinum toxin blocks the signals that induce them. This is an ongoing treatment, as Botox lasts on average between three and four months.

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miraDry For Excessive Sweating

miraDry works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm area, eliminating the errant underarm sweat glands. In the first part of the process, the underarm sweat glands are drawn to the surface of the skin and the miraDry apparatus targets the glands and eradicates them, the body will not replace them following the treatment.

Two procedures are typically recommended, 3 months apart, to maximise the quality and duration of results, this treatment provides a lasting reduction of underarm sweat in a completely non-invasive way. While sweating is an essential body function for temperature-control, the underarms house less than 2% of the body’s sweat glands, and therefore miraDry is completely safe.

It is an outpatient procedure that doesn’t involve any surgical incisions or cuts, so whilst there may be a little initial superficial swelling and discomfort, this will soon settle and the downtime is therefore negligible. Each appointment generally lasts about an hour.

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Excess Sweating Consultation

To find out more about excess sweating and how we can treat it at PHI, or to book a consultation with one of our skilled clinicians, get in touch today on 02070345999 or info@phiclinic.com.

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