Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat; however, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature.
Hyperhidrosis is caused by over activity of one type of sweat gland, the eccrine gland. Many things can trigger normal sweating and this is also true for hyperhidrosis – it’s just the amount of sweating that’s different. Examples include:
People with hyperhidrosis can produce a large amount of sweat. This means that the armpits may be constantly damp. This can cause embarrassment at work or socially, and it may make normal everyday activities more difficult to carry out. But it is not true that hyperhidrosis causes body odour: the smell that some think is due to sweating is in fact caused by bacteria on the skin if the sweat remains on the skin for a long time.
Simple self-help measures you can take include:
Botox® is the first line treatment for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. When small doses are injected into the skin, Botox® block the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands: preventing the glands from producing sweat. The effects of treatment last for several months but eventually they will wear off.
Every client will have iodine and starch powder applied to the underarm area in order to delineate the areas of maximal sweat production. Using a very fine needle, you will be injected with a small amount of solution into 10 to 15 places about 1 cm apart and spread evenly in each armpit. A treatment takes about 10 minutes to perform.
The effects of treatment will become apparent over the first week. Clients tend to return for their next treatment on average every 8 months.
In clinical trials, the average reduction in sweat production one week after treatment was 87% and sweating was reduced by at least half in 95% of patients. The average duration of effect was 8 months.
In practice, most of our clients repeat the treatment once per year.
The effects of Botox® wear off over a period of several months. If you decide not to repeat this treatment there will be no lasting change in the areas treated and sweating will gradually return to the level it was before you started treatment.