Excessive SweatingWhat is Hyperhidrosis?
Everybody sweats, it’s a normal part of how our bodies regulate temperature. However, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature.
For some people, their hyperhidrosis may be linked to some underling condition such as diabetes or an overactive thyroid gland. For them, treatment of the underlying cause may also resolve their hyperhidrosis.
You are not alone if your life is affected by excessive sweating. The good news is that effective treatments are available which could significantly improve your quality of life.
How many people are affected?
It has been estimated that up to 3% of the US population suffer from some form of excessive sweating and around 1.4% experience excessive sweating under the arms. That equates to approximately 840,000 people in the United Kingdom. It usually begins to affect people from childhood or adolescence and twenties but it continues to affect individuals in their middle years.
People with this condition can produce a large volume of sweat. This means that the affected areas may be constantly damp. This may make normal everyday activities more difficult to carry out and it can cause embarrassment at work or socially.
However, it is not true that excessive sweating causes body odour: the aroma that some people think is due to sweating is in fact caused by bacteria if sweat remains where it is for an extended period of time.
What are the causes of excessive underarm sweating?
Excessive underarm sweating is caused by over activity of one type of sweat gland to eccrine gland.
This overactivity, it is thought, is linked to problems with the sympathetic nervous system which regulates many important functions of the body.
Eccrine glands are found virtually all over the body surface but they are concentrated on particular areas including under the armpits.
There are many factors which can stimulate excessive sweating, a few examples are exercise, stress, anxiety or hot or spicy food.
Can excessive sweating be treated?
If you think you may be suffering from excessive sweating, there are certain lifestyle changes that can help. Such as using deodorants, avoiding trigger factors and staying relaxed.
If lifestyle changes are not effective enough, Weston Cosmetic Clinic offers Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis.
To find out more book in for a consultation with one of our nurse practitioners.