Could My Excessive Sweating Be Hyperhidrosis?
September 26, 2018
This summer has been one for the record books. Ireland saw some of the highest temperatures ever, including the longest heatwave for 20 years. From a blistering 32.5 degree high to official heatwaves recorded at more than a dozen weather stations every month, no one has survived this Irish summer without breaking a sweat.
But there is a difference between the sweat pouring off you because of the weather and suffering from the medical condition known as hyperhidrosis– excessive sweating. Figures show that around 70,000 people out of Dublin’s 1.4 million population may suffer from hyperhidrosis.
As approximately 5% of the population is afflicted with hyperhidrosis, this is a commonplace diagnosis. So how does it differ from typical sweat levels?
With hyperhidrosis, the causes of excessive sweating are not necessarily tied to exertion or the weather. Even on a cooler day, sitting at one’s desk, someone with hyperhidrosis can easily soak their clothes through with sweat. Or, without any external cause, their hands will drop with sweat or their socks will need to be changed multiple times due to sweat levels from their feet. When nervous or stressed, the sweat levels can skyrocket even more.
Hyperhidrosis is not just an annoyance. It can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Abnormally high levels of can knock the confidence out a person at work, in social situations, and in pursuing educational or life goals.
Think about it: If you have valid reason to fear shaking a person’s hand, to worry that your sweating is causing a foul smell, or need to bring a change of clothes every time you leave the house, every day of your existence will be much more stressful than it should be. Social isolation, self-imposed limits on career and relationship opportunities, and overall withdrawal can negatively affect the hyperhidrosis sufferer’s entire life – now and in the future.
Signs, Symptoms and Types of Hyperhidrosis
Indications that your sweating might be hyperhidrosis include:
- Profuse sweating regardless of weather or physical activity
- Clammy or wet palms of your hands
- Clammy or wet soles of your feet
- Noticeable sweat that soaks through clothing
- Sweat levels that are disruptive to your daily routine
- Feeling the need to withdraw socially due to sweat levels or unpredictability of sweat levels
- Experiencing night sweats for no obvious reason
Hyperhidrosis most commonly affects the following areas:
Do your sweat excretion levels mirror all or some of the above? Then you might have hyperhidrosis.
To be sure of the issue, the first step is to get diagnosed by your GP. This is something you should not delay, as abnormally high sweat levels are sometimes a symptom of a more serious medical condition – such as diabetes, the menopause, and thyroid problems. Excessive sweating can also be a side effect of some medications.
There are several tests your doctor can conduct to see if you have hyperhidrosis. These include blood and urine labs, iodine-starch test, skin conductance test, and a thermoregulatory sweat test.
Once diagnosed, your doctor might suggest you try prescription-strength deodorant/antiperspirants. Sometimes these have an impact. But they are often no match for the body’s sweat glands in overdrive.
At the other end of the spectrum, isolated cases of hyperhidrosis can make one eligible for sweat gland removal (armpits only) or a surgery called sympathectomy (hands only). This is a serious procedure whereby a doctor will cut, burn or clamp the spinal nerves that regulate sweating in the hands. Sympathectomy often triggers other parts of the body to sweat excessively, known as compensatory sweating.
The good news: There is a way to drastically reduce sweat levels, no surgery or sweat gland removal required, that is virtually painless and takes only a few minutes.
How Botox for Hyperhidrosis Works
Botox is a household name brand of antiwrinkle injections. But Botox, based on a compound called BotulinumtoxinA, can completely transform the life of a hyperhidrosis sufferer. This purified protein can disrupt the chemical responsible for activating sweat glands. By blocking this messenger, Botox injections relax the muscle contractions that cause sweat excretion, thus reducing the volume of sweat.
Botox Injections for Hyperhidrosis: Treatment Method
It might surprise someone to learn just how quickly, painlessly and easily their hyperhidrosis can be treated by a medical doctor. SISU Clinic doctors have been treating patients for hyperhidrosis with Botox for years, and have a straightforward and incredibly effective approach.
First, the doctor uses a topical numbing agent to prepare the area to be treated. In the case of sweaty palms, this will be preceded by 15 – 20 minutes spent holding ice packs to accelerate numbing. This step guarantees minimal discomfort during the injection process.
Next, the Botox injections are administered by the doctor at precise points within the affected area. This takes only a minute or two.
Yes, that’s it!
Post-injection, you can expect to notice the treatment working within four to six days. Within one week, you should notice a significant reduction in the amount of sweat produced in your affected areas. In clinical studies, patients were found to experience more than 80% reduction in sweating within the first seven days post-treatment.
After your first Botox injections for excessive sweating, the effects will last an average of about six months. As duration of results varies, SISU Clinic doctors assess the need for follow-up treatments with all hyperhidrosis patients.
Getting Botox for Hyperhidrosis in Dublin, Cork and Kerry (Killarney)
If you suffer with excessive sweating, book a free consultation with one of our doctors. Our highly-skilled aesthetic physicians at SISU’s Cork, Dublin, and Killarney clinics have helped hundreds of people with Botox for hyperhidrosis and can help you, too. Click here to book your free consultation and find out just how quickly SISU can alleviate your excessive sweating.
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