What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating; a common condition where a person sweats abnormally, even when they are not overly hot, stressed or exercising.
A certain amount of sweating is normal, but when it is severe sweating and cannot be controlled by simple antiperspirant, then it is termed hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.
It can be very embarrassing and affect one’s confidence whilst at work and socially. The condition is often made worse once the person starts thinking about the sweating which then creates an anxiety loop which actually then makes the sweating more profuse. Showering regularly does not help and most over the counter remedies whilst ok for some people do not work for the more severe sweating.
Underarm and armpit sweating are annoying for patients who want to wear lighter coloured clothes as the damp patches show up.
Hyperhidrosis can have very significant effects on patients’ lives, causing physical discomfort and social embarrassment and negatively impacting occupational and daily activities. The anxiety, embarrassment and the stress of always hiding your sweat from others can impact nearly all aspects of the sufferer’s life.
Until recently the only treatments that were available are driclor which is an aluminium based deodorant that can help in some cases but often causes skin irritation. Luckily for people there are now BOTOX® injections for sweating that stop underarm wetness for 6-7 months.