Excessive Sweating

Symptoms Treated

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

excessive sweating

What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Sweating is a completely normal and necessary function of the human body.  By releasing a mixture of sodium, water, and other substances onto the surface of the skin, the skin is cooled down during warm weather and the body temperature regulated.

While sweating is perfectly normal, excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis) is not.  Sweating that occurs outside the normal needs of the body, like sweating when it’s not hot or excessive sweating at night, or sweating to an unusual extent that causes the sweat to drip off your body or soak your clothing, usually cannot be regulated with antiperspirants.

Excessive sweating tends to occur primarily in one area of the body, usually the armpits, hands, feet, or forehead.

If you’re wondering how to stop excessive sweating, read on to find out the various treatment options that could be available to you.

Causes Of Excessive Sweating

There are two types of abnormal sweating.  Primary hyperhidrosis does not have an underlying diagnosis and causes excessive sweating on both sides of the body.  There is often a family history of primary hyperhidrosis, and symptoms usually begin in childhood.  There are various treatment options available for primary hyperhidrosis.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical problem such as respiratory or cardiovascular disorders, neurological conditions, metabolic or endocrine disorders, infection, hyperthyroidism, menopause, or even cancer.  Secondary hyperhidrosis is treated by treating the underlying medical condition.

How Can It Be Treated?

Primary hyperhidrosis is usually treated in the first instance by the topical application of aluminium chloride, found in most normal antiperspirants.  However, most people with excessive sweating do not respond appropriately to topical treatments.

Some people respond well to anticholinergic medications which work on the automatic nervous system.  While these medications can help to reduce sweating, they can also affect other functions of the automatic nervous system and can cause blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth, and urinary retention problems.

In recent years, the most effective hyperhidrosis treatment for many people has been anti-wrinkle injections.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

You’re probably familiar with anti-wrinkle injections, but did you know that they are also an effective excessive sweating treatment successfully used by people all around Australia? 

Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily paralysing the nerve signals to the sweat glands in the area of the injection.  Since people with hyperhidrosis have overactive nerves activating their sweat glands, this kind of treatment has proven to be very effective in reducing excess sweating in a localised area.

A fast and simple treatment, anti-wrinkle injections can temporarily reduce sweating in several areas of the body and is most commonly used in the underarms, face, scalp, palms, and feet.

Benefits

Reduces Excess Sweating

Anti-wrinkle injections can reduce or completely stop excessive sweating in a localised area of the body.  If antiperspirants do not help to effectively treat your excessive sweating, anti-wrinkle injections could be an effective way of lessening the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.

Boosts Confidence

Hyperhidrosis is not dangerous in itself, but the effects it can have on a person’s confidence can be debilitating.  Many people avoid certain styles or colours of clothing or avoid particular situations due to their fear of being embarrassed by their excessive sweating.  Unfortunately, this type of avoidance can cause anxiety, which only makes the sweating problem worse.

After effective hyperhidrosis treatment using anti-wrinkle injections, your confidence will be boosted and you will no longer need to avoid clothing and situations as you once did.

No Downtime

Anti-wrinkle injections are a non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatment with no permanent side effects and no downtime.  Treatments are a walk-in-walk-out procedure and can be finished in as little as 20 minutes. 

With no downtime involved, you can carry on with your normal daily routine immediately after your treatment.  Many people fit in their hyperhidrosis treatments during a lunch break or between other appointments.

What Areas Can Be Treated For Hyperhidrosis?

Even though the effects of hyperhidrosis are similar for most people, several different body areas can be affected.  The most common area affected by excessive sweating is the armpits, although many people sweat too much on the palms of their hands, the soles of their feet, and even the forehead and other areas of the face.

Anti-wrinkle injections can effectively treat sweating on any small area of the body, yet cannot be used to treat very large areas.  When dealing with sweaty palms, some people choose to concentrate treatments on their dominant hand, to aid with shaking hands, writing, and fine motor skills, while other people choose to treat both hands at the same time.

Preparing For Hyperhidrosis Treatment

The first step when preparing for hyperhidrosis treatment is a consultation with one of our friendly clinicians.  You will be asked a series of questions about yourself, your everyday lifestyle, your concerns, and your desired outcomes.  The clinician will answer any questions you have about what causes excessive sweating and the treatments that may be available to you.  It is important that you tell the clinician about any medication you are currently taking, especially blood-thinning medications.

While individual advice will vary from person to person, your clinician will usually recommend that you avoid needling and chemical peels at least seven days before your scheduled treatment.  If you will be having anti-wrinkle injections in your under-arm area, you will be advised to stop shaving your armpits up to 3 days before your treatment date.

What To Expect After Treatment

With no downtime involved in anti-wrinkle injection treatments, you are free to resume your normal activities straight after your appointment.  It can take up to 7 days for sweating in the injected area to reduce, and you should experience complete dryness within two weeks. 

Your clinician will usually recommend that you attend a follow-up appointment two weeks after the treatment date.  At this appointment, it will become clear if any areas were missed, and any touch-up injections will be performed if necessary.

How Long Do Results Last?

Anti-wrinkle injections offer a complete reduction in excessive sweating for several months, depending on the area of treatment.  Since every person is unique, there is no way of knowing with any certainty how long your hyperhidrosis treatment will last.  However, many people find the full effects of the treatment last as long as 18 months after treatment in the armpits or on the face, while treatments on the hands and feet may need to be touched up after six months.

Since anti-wrinkle injections are a simple and fast treatment with no downtime, it is simply a matter of returning for another appointment and treatment when the effects begin to wear off.

Safety And Peace Of Mind

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that needs to be assessed properly and carefully while taking into account multiple factors.  The clinicians at Clinica Lase will provide a full assessment of your excessive sweating condition and will gather all relevant information before advising you on the most beneficial treatments for you.

We use only the highest quality anti-wrinkle injection treatments, and employ only highly experienced, qualified skin consultants and clinicians with specialised knowledge in excessive sweating and other skin concerns.

If you want to find out more about treatments for excessive sweating, contact the helpful and friendly team at Clinica Lase today.

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