Excessive sweating is defined as such when it interferes with your daily activities and causes emotional distress. The medical name for this condition is called hyperhidrosis, which is a sweat gland disorder that is characterised by abnormal sweating and an overactivity within the sweat glands. Although, heavy sweating is usually harmless, it can cause harmful psychological effects, like self-consciousness and social withdrawal, in the sufferer.
Sweating is the way the body regulates body temperature and is a normal, physiological sign your body is cooling down. It can be prompted by hot weather, intense exercise, hormone fluctuations, spicy food and emotions. Abnormal sweating, on the other hand, is caused by an overactivity in the eccrine and apocrine glands that cover the body and are responsible for producing body odour and pheromones. The name for heavy sweating is hyperhidrosis and this condition can vary in severity from individual to individual.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is caused by an overactivity in the sweat glands that has no underlying medical cause and is not necessarily heat or exercise related.
Secondary hyperhidrosis, however, may be a result of a pre-existing medical condition. Heavy sweating can be a symptom of hyperthyroidism, diabetes, low blood sugar, pregnancy and menopause. Other factors that can also induce a spout of excessive sweating are obesity and alcoholism. If you notice a sudden change in your sweating, be sure to contact your GP as they will be able to identify the underlying cause.
- Frequent heavy sweating
- Clammy or wet hands and feet
- Noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing
- Night sweats (common in pregnancy and menopause)
Anti-sweat injections – We take an injectable approach to sweating which directly targets sweating at the source. We use Botox® which is a clinically proven solution that alleviates the symptoms of heavy and excessive sweating immediately. When the Botox® is administered into the apocrine and eccrine glands by one of our medical injectors, it works to temporarily block the nerve signals between neurotransmitters, like acetylcholine, that activates the sweat glands and dramatically reduces the production of sweat.
Heavy sweating can be prevented in a number of ways. Some other professional treatment routes are: oral medications to help prevent the stimulation of the sweat glands and prescription antiperspirants that have clinical strength to manage sweat production.
Some natural ways to prevent heavy sweating can be made through vigilant clothing choices, such as wearing light, breathable fabrics – such as cotton and linen – and avoiding tight-fitting, synthetic fabrics such as nylon. Finding the right shoes is also important as the feet have the most sweat glands on the body. Wearing open-toed shoes for daily life, and mesh-based ones for exercise too, is recommended as this helps reduce bacteria, odour and sweat build-ups.
Investing in very absorbent socks and wearing black or white can help to disguise the effects of heavy sweating. Sweat shields can also be used and act as a physical cover to hide sweat patches and blot excess wetness. However, these are only temporary options that may make you feel more comfortable going about your daily life.
Another way to prevent heavy sweating is by assessing your dietary habits. High alcohol and spicy food diets may contribute to an overtly sweating disposition as both alcohol and capsaicin (the chemical found in chilli), causes the blood vessels to dilate which quickens the blood flow and makes the skin flush and sweat.
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After your treatment, the common effects are mild redness, slight swelling and possible bruising. The treatment area may feel tender to touch. All of these effects are normal and will subside in a few days, but may last up to a week. Each day everything should improve slightly and the area should look more normal and feel better.
It is very uncommon to have any serious side effects, however if you do experience any of the following, please call the clinic immediately, or if after hours, seek help from a GP or A&E:
We do not recommend that you have any injectable treatments if you suspect or can confirm that you are pregnant. We also recommend that you have completely finished breast feeding before returning for your aesthetic treatments.
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With any injectables treatment, there is a small risk of bruising, localised bleeding and swelling but you should be able to get on with your day-to-day activities.
Hyperhidrosis treatment is suitable for you if you wish to minimise the amount you sweat from your underarms. A consultation will be performed prior to your treatment by one of our medical injectors.
Your treatment will take place in one of our private treatment rooms. The medical injector will cleanse the area and will perform the injections.
The injections are relatively painless. A numbing cream can be applied if needed.
The results will be noticeable after about a week, with maximum results visible about two weeks after the treatment.
We are rigorous in our commitment to safety. Every time you visit us, you can be certain that you’re in safe hands. We only use genuine Botox® from Allergan, our internationally recognised partner. Botox® is a registered prescription drug. The reason we only use genuine Botox® is because Allergan rigorously test the product against stringent guidelines. They also carry out clinical tests to confirm its safety and suitability for this treatment.
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