02 Mar Hyperhidrosis with Helen
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is caused by overactive sweat glands. It affects millions of people of all ages, genders and body types, around the world every day. When sweating is excessive it can be uncomfortable, stressful, and embarrassing. It can affect one’s self-esteem and impact everything from style choice, sporting activities through to career decisions and relationships. While stress and high temperatures can increase perspiration, they do not necessarily cause hyperhidrosis.
This condition most times is an inherited trait or physiological condition that prevents the body from properly regulating its temperature. It can occur in various parts of the body including the underarms, feet, groin, scalp and palms of the hands. This week, we’re in direct conversation with one of our experienced nurse practitioner, Helen, on hyperhidrosis and how it can be treated.
HELEN: So hyperhidrosis is commonly known as excessive sweating. The body needs to sweat in order to regulate our body temperatures, unfortunately some people tend to sweat more than others, which is what we call hyperhidrosis, meaning excess sweating.
QUESTION: Fantastic. Is this a condition that is age specific? Or have you seen patients in their 20’s and their 30’s, female/male suffer from this? What are your thoughts?
HELEN: Absolutely, it’s rather random, I’d say. It affects young people, teenagers, men/women alike, women who are older or menopausal, lots of different people suffer from excess sweating, it isn’t really specific to any condition.
QUESTION: Okay, what can we do about it? I’ve heard that wrinkle relaxers can assist with the condition of hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating), what is your recommendation and what would be your solution to somebody that finds this quite embarrassing, would there be a suitable solution to this?
HELEN: Absolutely! Anti-wrinkle injections can help with excess sweating. It’s quite a simple procedure, it involves very small injections, of about 50 units, just under the skin in each armpit (a 100 units in total). It isn’t a particularly painful or uncomfortable treatment and we apply numbing cream, which makes it all the more comfortable. The treatment regulates the production of sweat and can last for anywhere between 6-12 months, it is quite effective in reducing sweat and sometimes eradicating sweating for that period of time.
QUESTION: Excellent! So we all think it occurs predominantly under the armpit, but we’ve also come across people, maybe menopausal women, kids, teenagers, men who have complained of sweating in their groin, hands or even their feet, which is very uncomfortable! Are any of those areas suitable to be treated?
HELEN: Absolutely! and yes, we generally think of the armpit being the most common area that people are concerned about, since it shows on your clothes, which can be embarrassing because you’ve got the visible wet patches and the obvious odour, whereas sweaty hands or feet, although uncomfortable, aren’t very noticeable which enables people to maybe deal with it better. And yes, the groin area is another area that’s easily treatable. So hands, feet, groin and I believe that you can use it superficially on the face because some people do complain of excessive sweating on the face as well.
QUESTION: That’s interesting! So how quick would you see the results of the injections?
HELEN: Generally, I would say between 5 and 7 days is usually the onset for any anti-wrinkle injections even if it’s used just for anti-wrinkle but within 14 would be your end result, as to how you’re going to respond to the injections.
QUESTION: Alright! Also would you say Hyperhidrosis is genetic?
HELEN: In most cases, yes. If even one of the parents suffer from it, the child is most likely to develop it.
QUESTION: Okay! Winding back a little, what causes hyperhidrosis?
HELEN: A number of reasons could be triggering it really. It could be underlying thyroid, diabetes, menopause, low blood sugar, hormonal changes and even infection. It could even be stress, anger, etc. so what it comes down to really is a thorough assessment of the body which usually indicates the cause of it.
QUESTION: Right!.. So that’s a relatively non-complicated solution for a problem that people find quite embarrassing which could easily be rectified.
HELEN: Yes. A simple, short and relatively painless procedure. A small amount of discomfort, yes, but you’re getting in quick results and the longevity of anywhere between, 6 and 12 months. A small amount to pay in comparison to the results you’re getting!
– That’s fantastic. So there is a solution, they don’t have to suffer in silence, they don’t have to be embarrassed. But as always, we say that each treatment is different for everybody. Everybody responds differently, so the best would be to make an appointment, come in for a consultation, assess whether you’re a suitable candidate and then take it from there! Thank you very much! That was lovely!
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