Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) Treatment & Injections in Cheshire
Sweating is a normal and essential bodily function that helps to keep your body cool. Exercise and high temperatures can cause your body to heat up. When this happens, the millions of sweat glands in your body spring into action and produce perspiration which leaves your body through the pores on your skin. This sweat evaporates on your skin which cools you down.
If you find that you sweat all the time, even when not exercising or in high temperatures, then it’s likely that you’re suffering with hyperhidrosis. This condition, also known as excessive sweating, can be traumatic and disruptive to your daily activities or routine.
Any of the following in conjunction with a higher than normal level of perspiration, could indicate hyperhidrosis:
- Avoiding physical contact because you are self-conscious about your sweating
- Not participating in exercise, or energetic activities, because you’re worried about an increase in your sweating
- Your sweating is making your job difficult, for example if you’re struggling to hold tools
- Normal activities, like driving, are difficult because you’re sweating
- You’re spending a lot of time changing your clothes, reapplying antiperspirant
- You’re becoming overly self-conscious and less social because of your sweating
There are two types of hyperhidrosis, determined by what is seen to be the cause of the sweating.
There is no known cause for this condition. It is thought that primary hyperhidrosis is caused by a problem with the sympathetic nervous system, as this is the part of the nervous system that controls your body temperature. There are also suggestions that it could be genetic, however this has not yet been proven and the exact cause of primary hyperhidrosis is not known.
It was also previously thought that primary hyperhidrosis was caused by anxiety and stress, however it became apparent through further research, that it was actually the condition itself that caused the stress and anxiety in sufferers and not the other way around.
In most cases of primary hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating occurs on the palms of your hands, soles of your feet or in your armpits, due to the number of sweat glands in these areas. Your groin area and/or under your breasts are also fairly commonly affected areas. The excessive sweating will occur on both sides of your body and not be confined just to one side. Persistent blushing could accompany the sweating. In some cases, your entire body could be affected. Hyperhidrosis can start at any age; it can be present from birth, but the onset is more common during your teenage years or early adulthood.
This is more common than primary hyperhidrosis, and often occurs well after your teenage years.
It is usually caused by one of the following underlying health conditions:
- Menopause – a common cause of sweating in women over 45 years of age
- Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Some medications, like antidepressants, or propranolol for high blood pressure
- Some infections, such as Tuberculosis, HIV or malaria
- Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawal from alcohol or drugs, if you’ve been addicted
- Disorders of the blood cells or bone marrow, such as cancer of the white blood cells (Hodgkin lymphoma)
If you have secondary hyperhidrosis excessive sweating isn’t confined to just certain areas of your body; your entire body will sweat excessively. You’ll also experience excessive sweating at night-time, whereas people suffering with primary hyperhidrosis don’t tend to sweat at night.
Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Unfortunately there is no cure for hyperhidrosis, but it can be treated and needn’t be a constant source of embarrassment. There are certain changes that you can make to your lifestyle to manage or reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis on a daily basis. Things like using antiperspirants instead of deodorants, wearing loose clothing and avoiding spicy food or alcohol will all have a positive effect, but may not provide the degree of relief that you would like.
If you’re finding that this condition is having a hugely negative affect on your lifestyle, and you are becoming self-conscious and withdrawn, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a more long-lasting treatment available.
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is most often used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, but did you know that it’s also a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis? At Vein Solutions, we can assist with this treatment and provide you with temporary relief from a debilitating condition. The treatment is quick and painless, and you should be able to notice a difference in just a few days.
Contact Vein Solutions to discuss your specific needs, free on 0800 043 1997 or firstname.lastname@example.org