Hyperhidrosis treatment for a sweat-free summer

Hands and feet - common areas for hyperhidrosis treatmentWith temperatures finally reflecting the time of year, it seems summer’s here at last. But for those who suffer from excessive sweating, the arrival of summer can be bad news.

Most of us are prone to perspiration in the warmer months. We might get through more deodorant than usual, find ourself feeling thirstier (to replace lost fluids), and need to wash our bodies, clothes and bedding more often.

Sweating is a natural mechanism for regulating our core body temperature, and very effective it is too. But if you feel you produce an excessive amount of sweat, it may be that you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis.

The great news is that this condition can be very effectively treated. Read on for some hyperhidrosis treatment FAQs.

How common is hyperhidrosis?

True hyperhidrosis is relatively rare, occurring in roughly 3% of the population. Only 1% suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, which means the sweating has no identifiable cause.

The remaining 2% have secondary hyperhidrosis, which can have a number of triggers, including heat, pregnancy, anxiety, menopause, low blood sugar, alcohol, coffee, spicy food, medication and obesity.

Which areas are affected?

Primary hyperhidrosis occurs in localised areas, causing excessively sweaty feet, hands and/or armpits. Secondary hyperhidrosis tends to affect the whole body.

How is hyperhidrosis diagnosed?

Your GP will be able to run a ‘sweat test‘, which usually involves using an iodine solution to see how much sweat is absorbed from the surface of your skin.

What’s involved in hyperhidrosis treatment?

There are several methods available to reduce sweating, from powerful non-prescription antiperspirants through to surgery. But one of the most popular and effective treatments uses targeted injections of Botulinum toxin (Botox) into affected areas to reduce the sweat response.

Our expert practitioners offer Botox hyperhidrosis treatment at our clinics.

When you come in, one of our Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners will talk you through the procedure and ask you about your medical history. A topical local anaesthetic will be applied to the areas to be treated.

After about 20 minutes, a tiny amount of Botox solution will be injected into the skin using a very fine needle, targeting about 10-15 sites spaced about 1cm apart. (Sometimes it may be necessary to use an iodine and starch test to find the area/s where sweating is greatest.)

Does it hurt?

Well, the answer is…not really. Hyperhidrosis treatment causes only mild discomfort, and it’s uncommon for pain relief to be needed afterwards. Plus, treatment is a one-off appointment and usually takes only 30-45 minutes – a small price to pay for a sweat-free summer!

When does it start working, and how long do results last?

You should notice a difference 7-14 days after your hyperhidrosis treatment. The sweat-blocking effects usually last for between 6 and 12 months, after which time you can undergo a repeat treatment to maintain the results.

Find out more

Aurora Skin Clinics offer expert hyperhidrosis treatment at our clinics in Princes Risborough, Essex and Northampton. For more information, or to book, please give us a call on 01844 318825 or email info@aurora-skin-clinics.co.uk. Alternatively, fill in our contact form and one of the team will be in touch.