Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a common affliction that can affect the entire body or just a few select areas. It’s normal to sweat when we get hot or due to exercise, but you may experience excessive sweating when you are cool, which can lead to embarrassment and discomfort.
Excessive sweating can cause a number of problems, such as ruining your clothes and make you avoid exercise; the condition affects around two million people in the UK, and it’s not entirely clear what causes it, as some sweat glands may just be overactive. While not dangerous, it does negatively impact lives and can cause distress.
Fortunately, if you’re one of these people, there are some different ways to treat and combat excessive sweating.
Where Can Excess Sweating Occur?
While any part of the body can suffer from hyperhidrosis, the main affected areas are the armpits, the palms of the hands, the groin, the soles of the feet, the face and chest. The condition can occur at any point in your life, but it tends to crop up as puberty begins.
Sweating is a normal response to being warm or exercising, but sometimes sweat glands produce too much sweat, causing physical and psychological issues. It can have long-term effects on a person’s self-esteem and lifestyle. You may avoid acts like handshaking and activities which require a lot of movement. It can cause sufferers to have to shower more frequently, change clothes often and apply deodorant throughout the day.
Aside from the physiological effects this condition can have, people with hyperhidrosis can also be more likely to suffer physical consequences such as fungal infections like athlete’s foot and nail fungi. You may also be more vulnerable to developing warts. All good reasons to seek out potential treatments before problems exacerbate.
How to Treat Excessive Sweating
You may suffer from excessive sweating for unknown reasons, or it could be due to reasons such as anxiety, as a result of side effects of medication you’re taking, pregnancy, low blood sugar and more. Whatever the reasons, there are ways you can try to combat it.
You should avoid tight clothing and fabrics and go for loose-fitting garments wherever possible. Spicy food and alcohol can also trigger sweat responses, so avoid these. Try to avoid wearing constrictive footwear and change your socks when necessary to help prevent fungal issues on your feet.
Consider a more robust, longer-lasting deodorant, or powders that can absorb sweat that can be used on your feet. Non-aggressive soaps can also help calm skin down and could help reduce the possibility of excessive sweating. You may even want to look into more specialised treatment like taking tablets or even having surgery. While there is no outright cure for hyperhidrosis, you can do some things to help manage it and get back to normal life.
Surgery is not for everyone, so before you go under the knife, you may want to consider an alternative: anti-wrinkle injections. It may sound strange, but these injections, while typically used to reduce wrinkles on the face, are an excellent treatment for reducing excessive sweating.
Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Sweating
Anti-wrinkle injections are typically used in cosmetic treatments to relax wrinkles and smooth out the skin. But they are also a proven technique that can temporarily reduce the amount of sweat that is secreted from treated areas. It is a safe and effective treatment that works by blocking a chemical that stimulates the sweat glands. This way, the treated area is relieved of the issue for a transitory period of time.
Each case is unique, but the majority of patients can expect results lasting anything from five to seven months. A small amount of anaesthetic is applied to the treated area before the injections are administered, making the treatment effectively painless. There may be a little soreness afterwards, but this will quickly subside, and you should be able to resume your normal activities. However, we would recommend avoiding strenuous activity and heat for the first 48 hours.
While excessive sweating may not pose a serious health risk, it can be an embarrassing and distressing experience that can negatively impact your life. You can become socially withdrawn, you may avoid certain exercises, and it could even impact your job. However, with anti-wrinkle injections applied to your problem areas, you can effectively manage your excessive sweating and get back to doing all the things you love.
If you’re looking for anti-wrinkle treatments in Guernsey, anti-wrinkle treatments in Jersey or anti-wrinkle treatments in Belfast, contact Aesthetic Skin Clinic today. We can talk to you and offer guidance for the best treatment for your excessive sweating, assessing your suitability for the treatment and answer any questions you might have.