Treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Do you excessively sweat? Now you can be treated with botulinum toxin!
Excessive sweating or HYPERHIDROSIS (the medical term), is a condition that many of us suffer from. Mainly triggered by excessive heat, excessive sweating can also be triggered by other situations such as sports or becoming nervous or fearful.
For most of us this condition is not severe, we produce normal amounts of sweat, but what about those whose sweat is like a shower? This condition is called hyperhidrosis, which is a medical condition. Hyperhidrosis is caused by excessive stimulation of the sweat glands.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition affecting approximately 3% of the population, but the correct diagnosis is rarely given, due to lack of information. First of all, we must admit that this condition has negative effects on the lifestyle. The permanent fear that you will embarrass yourself because you sweat excessively, the stress that you don’t smell good, even if it’s still early in the morning, the stress that you always need to take clothes with you in order to change the sweated ones, these are only part of the factors that disturb the regular course of your life.
When excessive sweat occurs without any cause, it is called primary hyperhidrosis and it is more frequent than the secondary form, which appears as a result of other medical conditions or as an adverse effect of some medicine.
Primary hyperhidrosis is usually located in a certain part of the body, most of the times in hands, feet, armpit or face and it is symmetrical. It often starts in childhood or teenage, frequently in hands and feet and it persists for the entire life. It is interesting that, although the persons suffering from localised primary hyperhidrosis have episodes of excessive sweating at least once a week, they do not sweat during their sleep.
Although it seems impossible to solve, hyperhidrosis can be very well treated with botulinum toxin. By injecting the botulinum toxin, the secretion of the chemical substances responsible for the activation of the sweat glands is temporarily blocked, thus bringing a solution for this condition. The treatment is administered inside the dermis, in small amounts, by injecting the sweat glands in the areas where this excessive sweat is located.
The doctor estimates the number of injections according to the area that needs to be treated. The injection of the palms and feet may be more painful. In this case various techniques of local anaesthesia can be used.
The effect will occur within 12 to 14 days and will last for up to 8 months.
Unfortunately, this is not a treatment that cures hyperhidrosis, but the lifestyle is significantly improved.