Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that affects millions of people world-wide. It can be very debilitating and detract greatly from a patient’s quality of life. There are many types of excessive sweating affecting different parts of the body. The most common is excessive sweating under the arms, known medically as axillary hyperhidrosis. There is also excessive sweating of the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis) and of the feet (plantar hyperhidrosis).
It is important to rule out any undiagnosed, underlying medical conditions so you should get checked out by your GP. If there is no medical cause for your condition, you could just be genetically unlucky and sweat too much from one or more areas of your body. Treatment is done via injection of neurotoxin to the affected areas. Treatment is fairly quick, but can be a bit uncomfortable. We use a numbing cream and allow it to take effect before treatment. This works quite well under the arms, but the hands and feet have a large number of nerve endings and so the numbing cream cannot completely eliminate discomfort. The injections are over very quickly and the onset of relief usually comes within a few days. Treatment is highly reliable and we have many people who have been coming to us for maintenance of their hyperhidrosis condition for years. The frequency of treatment varies greatly depending on the severity. Some patients need treatment several times per year, other just come in the warmer summer months when the sweating impacts them the most. In the UK, any clinic administering hyperhidrosis treatments must be registered and inspected by the CQC, so be sure any clinic that offers this treatment can be verified on the CQC database.