Hand sweating or palmar hyperhidrosis treatment
What is excessive sweating on the hands?
Palmar hyperhidrosis is the official word for a condition that causes excessive sweating. Those who have hyperhidrosis find the sweat dripping from their hands annoying and embarrassing. This medical issue is stressful and humiliating for individuals who suffer from it. It might have an impact on your social life as well as your daily routines. Episodes might happen for no apparent cause. Hyperhidrosis symptoms include:
- Wet or clammy palms
- In certain cases, the skin becomes white, and peels
- Excessive sweating can lead to skin infection
- Skin remains moist for extended periods
- Intense sweating that leaves marks on clothes
Why do my hands sweat so much?
When your body temperature rises, your neurological system naturally activates your sweat glands and this includes your hands.
Causes of hyperhidrosis on hands
We know that perspiration occurs when your body is hot or when you are extremely upset or stressed. The sweat glands are activated by your nerves, but when those nerves overreact for no particular reason and your hands sweat excessively, then it is likely to be palmar hyperhidrosis. There are several recognized causes of secondary hyperhidrosis, but the causes of primary hyperhidrosis remain unknown. Doctors think it may be at least in part a hereditary condition.
Why are only my hands affected?
People with primary focal hyperhidrosis have healthy sweat glands. However, excessive sweating in the hands can occur when sweat glands are hyperactive in specific places.
What can I do to reduce hand sweating?
Sweating can be triggered by heat, worry, and specific foods and drinks. It’s a good idea to make a list of probable triggers and see if avoiding them helps.
You can try applying antiperspirant (not deodorant) on your hands if you suffer from excessive sweating. although this can be messy, it may be a way you can help to alleviate dampness and clamminess. Begin treatment with a regular-strength antiperspirant and if that isn’t enough, try an extra-strong antiperspirant.
Doctors can prescribe special antiperspirants, although these are not always well tolerated, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Another approach is to consider natural therapies to alleviate excessive perspiration. Some of the remedies thought to help with sweating include St. John’s Wort, chamomile, sage, and valerian root.
Do make sure that you drink plenty – being dehydrated won’t help you to sweat less.
If you suffer from sweaty hands, treatments to consider include:
- Iontophoresis – a process of immersing your hands in a fluid that emits a modest electric current (special device required)
- Anticholinergic medications (prescription only, so you’ll need to visit the GP)
- Botox injections to inhibit the receptors that cause the glands in the hands to sweat
- Surgery – a last resort and very rarely offered
When should I consider Botox for sweaty hands?
If prescription-strength antiperspirants do not alleviate your sweating, Botox may be a good option for you. Botox is used by those who sweat excessively from their armpits. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating in the hands.
Botox sweating treatment
It takes about 20 minutes and you carry on your normal life without the worry of sweating. You may have heard that hyperhidrosis injections hurt, but it’s completely painless at our clinics, thanks to numbing injections and superfine needles.
Treatment is available at all of our clinics in London and Cosmedics only use expert doctors for BOTOX® treatments.
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Excessive Sweating Treatment Prices
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Hyperhidrosis Consultation for Excessive Sweating
The cost of consultation with our doctors is £75. This is redeemable against the cost of treatment carried out on the same day.
Prices are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined you in person.
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Hyperhidrosis FAQ: Questions & Answers
Why do I get excessive sweating /hyperhidrosis?
The causes of excessive sweating can be due to anxiety, inherited condition, obesity or illness. However, in most cases, the cause is simply unknown. What treatments are available to stop sweating? Treatment options include antiperspirants, deodorants, sweat pads, medications (propranolol, robinul), BOTOX® injections and surgery. To get rid of armpit sweating is difficult but luckily BOTOX® injection treatments DO WORK and GUARANTEED to stop sweating.
What happens when the BOTOX® treatment wears off?
You can repeat the treatment as and when you need it. After successive treatments, the results last longer and are often not required as frequently.
How do I know if I have excessive sweating?
Normal sweating is a way to help keep the body temperature steady in hot weather, during a fever or when exercising. Excessive sweating/hyperhidrosis means that you sweat much more than considered normal. Even when you are not hot, anxious or exercising. you produce a lot of sweat. Excessive sweating is classified as either focal or generalized.
How do the BOTOX® injections work?
BOTOX® stops the nerve endings sending messages to the sweat glands and temporarily reduces the sweating. BOTOX® is also commonly used to treat wrinkles by relaxing certain muscles of the face. It is best known for BOTOX® wrinkle injections.
Botulinum toxin can also be used for a variety of different medical procedures given its unique properties. These unique elements allow the toxin to target specific neuromuscular junctions in the acetylcholine pathway. This pathway is only used by muscle and sweat gland receptors. This means the action can be so specific to the molecular level.
Certain areas where botox injections are now used are, muscle spasms in neck and eye areas, bladder instability by relaxing the detrusor muscle to help alleviate an overactive bladder, back pain to help ease the accessory muscles, jaw bruxism to aid the relaxation of lockjaw and some cases it has been known to help plantar fasciitis on the soles of the feet. It has also been shown to help in the treatment of migraines.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatments only take about 20 minutes and you can resume normal activities immediately. Rarely some patients who are very large or have a severe problem require a bigger dose which carries a supplemental fee which can be discussed with the doctor
Is BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis treatment available on the NHS?
No, it is listed as a cosmetic treatment and therefore needs to be done privately.
Other excessive sweating treatments
The most common methods for stopping sweating in the armpit or underarm area are antiperspirants and deodorants. Products such as Mitchum based can be helpful. Stronger aluminium hydroxide preparations like Driclor are applied at night. These can be helpful in stopping sweat for a few months. However, a tolerance can be generated in which case the effectiveness diminishes. Also, patients can be put off by the skin irritation that can quite often occur. Other home treatments such as iontophoresis are effective but again expensive and time-consuming and need to be done 2-3 times a week. It is the preferred method of choice for sweaty hands and feet.
When is Botox for sweating right for me?
If you have tried strong deodorants like Driclor, aluminium chloride, Mitcham, and other remedies like iontophoresis or arm pads and these are no longer suitable then trialling Botox would be advisable.
AFTERCARE INFORMATION – Botox Sweating Treatment
- No heavy exercise for 24 hours just in case you sweat out the Botox
- No deodorants for 12 hours
- Otherwise you can carry on life as normal
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