Hyperhidrosis (Excess Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis is a common problem (about 2% population) characterised by excess sweating, it can be a very difficult problem to deal with. Commonly affected areas are the armpits, hands and feet. Both sides of the body are usually equally affected.
Although this is not a health threatening condition it often has a major effect on the quality of life and confidence of sufferers. Those affected often avoid physical contact (including hand shaking), avoid exercise and avoid social situations due to embarrassment. It is important other medical causes for the hyperhidrosis have been excluded.
Some simple lifestyle changes can help a little, but often has minimal impact on the day to day life and the self confidence of those affected.
There is a treatment that can help.
Using Botulinum toxin type A (the same as that used for anti-wrinkle injections) injections into the axilla can make a huge difference. The toxin acts to prevent nerve signals passing to the sweat glands and thereby inhibiting the action of sweating.
Treatment is generally very well tolerated and effects last up to six months. As with all treatments a full medical review including medical history is taken prior to any treatment to ensure suitability. All risks/benefits and costs of the treatment will be discussed at the initial consultation.