Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It is possible that it’s caused by an underlying medical condition, as a side-effect of medication or, for older women, as a result of the menopause. However, for the majority of sufferers, there is no cause.
The most common condition we treat is axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating. While it is not a dangerous condition, it causes much embarrassment which can lead to social isolation and mental health problems.
Sadly there is no cure, but if you are affected by axillary hyperhidrosis, there are a number of steps you can take to control the condition.
Antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride can be used to help with excess sweating. Apply on skin that is clean, dry and free of sweat in the mornings and at night-time. For axillary hyperhidrosis, use solid, gel or roll-on products, and if you have sensitive skin, try an antiperspirant that contains aloe vera.
There have been worries recently about the possible negative effects of aluminium in deodorants, but further research has shown no evidence of a link to breast cancer. However, if it is a concern, or if your antiperspirant is causing skin irritation, there are aluminium-free alternatives.
Botulinum toxin injections
Botulinum toxin is the same drug that’s used for anti-wrinkle treatments. It works by blocking the chemical at the end of the nerves so that they temporarily no longer work as intensely. So when you inject it into your underarm sweat glands, it will help prevent them from sweating. One treatment can last for up to six months. Unfortunately, these treatments are no longer available on the NHS but must still be administered by a medical professional.
The experienced medical professionals at The Skin to Love Clinic are trained and qualified to administer botulinum toxin as a treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis. We will always begin with a detailed consultation so we can discuss the best treatment for your condition – recommending a different treatment if necessary or even no treatment at all – and make sure you understand all the potential side effects.
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