Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

Excessive sweating (otherwise known as hyperhidrosis) is often an embarrassing condition where a person sweats excessively, for some reason more than the body requires to regulate temperature.

It commonly affects the underarms but also the hands, soles of the feet and the face. It is common in the UK with up to one million sufferers so you are not alone. The body needs to sweat to remove waste products, regulate temperature and keep your skin clean.

Effective medical management

Recent advances in medicine mean that this condition can be treated very successfully. Your dermatologist may prescribe topical applications to control the sweating or may recommend Botox injections which are innovative and highly effective at controlling hyperhidrosis. The Botox injected in small doses blocks the chemical messages sent along the nerves to the sweat glands preventing them from being switched on. This is often a positive, life-changing treatment for many sufferers.

Treatment options include:

  • dermatologist consultation and prescription
  • botox injections

See more in our treatment pages.

FOCUS ON: Botox is a protein preparation usually associated with the treatment of wrinkles where it blocks nerve signals to muscle allowing the muscle to relax and stop forming the skin wrinkle. This method is currently the most effective, clinically proven treatment available. The treatment will take only 20-45 minutes depending on the areas to be injected, and you can have it resolved within hours.

A common condition in the UK - up to 1m sufferers

There are 2-4 million sweat glands in the body capable of producing 12 litres of sweat in 24 hours; however, there is no need for the body to sweat excessively and yet for some people it does. The recent advances in modern medicine and treatments means this is no longer a condition to endure.

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