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Sweating is a natural bodily function and it is both useful and necessary to regulate body temperature. However excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis as it is medically known, is an upsetting condition which occurs when excess sweat is produced. It cannot be controlled through normal anti-perspirant use and though it is not often a cause for medical concern it can result in discomfort and embarrassment for the sufferer. Because of the distress caused and negative impact that it can have, hyperhidrosis is often treated.
There’s no set medical diagnosis for excessive sweating, instead a set of factors are considered together to gain an insight into the impact on the life of the sufferer. As a general rule, if excessive sweating is interfering with daily life and causing problems then it’s likely that a diagnosis of hyperhidrosis will be made. The condition is believed to be under-diagnosed because lots of people don’t realize that treatment is available or they are too embarrassed to seek help.
When antiperspirants don’t work, other safe & effective options are available. One of them is a non-invasive procedure called iontophoresis. This is a long-established technique which can be used for sweating of feet and hands, and its first documented use was as early as 1760. Iontophoresis is a simple process where the hands or feet are placed into fairly shallow trays of water and then a very mild electrical current is passed through the water. This ionizes the particles which are then absorbed into the skin, effectively blocking sweat production. A fully qualified and experienced nurse will perform the procedure and it takes around 20 minutes. This treatment is spread out over a course of 7 sessions, for optimal results.
If you’d like to do this treatment in the comfort of you own home, we also offer Idrostar+ Iontophoresis machines for home use. This state-of-the-art appliance uses direct current and pulsating current, making it suited to treat hands, feet and also underarms. For more information about this options, please contact us.
Another treatment offered for excessive sweating is Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is a safe, effective and long-term solution for treatment of hyperhidrosis of the underarms. This treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarms perspiration by temporarily blocking the chemical signal that induces perspiration. When the sweat glands from the treated area don’t receive these chemical signals, the severe perspiration stops. The procedure normally takes less than 30 minutes, discomfort is minimal and the full effect occurs within 7 days with long lasting results. This treatment is usually repeated yearly.
Is excessive sweating ever anything to worry about?
Very rarely severe night time sweats can be an indication of a more serious underlying problem and you should seek medical attention if you think that this applies to you.
How can I be certain that I suffer from excessive sweating?
The answer is that you can’t be sure. There’s no medical way of diagnosing hyperhidrosis; instead the effects of the sweating on your day to day life are examined to determine the seriousness of the problem. Equally, if you have feelings of acute shame, embarrassment or physical discomfort as a result of sweating then you should mention that as well because those feelings will be important in an assessment. Mental health is as important as physical health.
If I do have this condition, will I automatically be a suitable candidate for treatment?
Yes. Almost everyone can have this treatment carried out, whichever type of treatment they require. They are all safe, non-invasive procedures.