There are several ways to manage the effects of hyperhidrosis, although there is not currently a cure available. Some people find that the symptoms reduce as they age (although they can worsen for others).
Antiperspirants (rather than deodorants) can be effective in managing hyperhidrosis, particularly formulas containing aluminium chloride. However, care should be taken why applying them to sensitive skin, for example your forehead or groin.
Medication (usually taken in tablet form) may also help to reduce sweating. It works by blocking the nerve signals which activate the sweat glands. However, it can have side effects of blocking other nerve signals and, as a result, can cause problems such as dry mouth and constipation.
This process uses a low voltage electrical current passed through water directly into the area to be treated. This can be a helpful treatment for sweating of the hands, feet or underarms.
There are surgical options for hyperhidrosis sufferers, including removal of the sweat glands and cutting of the nerves which control sweating (although this should only be considered as a last resort).
Wearing loose fitting, cotton or linen clothing can help to keep your body naturally cool and lessen the risk of excessive sweating. You can also wear absorbent sweat shields under your clothes to contain the perspiration.
Black or white clothes will disguise sweat marks better than colourful clothing.
Avoid shoes made of synthetic materials, particularly close fitting sports shoes. Leather shoes are a good choice or sandals. Change your socks regularly and choose ones made from natural fibres such as cotton.
Some people find that they have particular triggers which can worsen the condition and, therefore, can be avoided. Typical triggers include alcohol, caffeine, spicy food and strong smelling food.
Avoid harsh soaps and instead use emollient washes and creams.
Stress is often a contributing factor. Seeking help in managing your stress, for example through counselling or relaxation exercises, can lessen hyperhidrosis attacks.
To help manage the symptoms of hyperhidrosis we offer botox injections. Botox works by reducing the nerves’ ability to send messages to the sweat glands, thereby significantly reducing the production of sweat. This is effective for primary hyperhidrosis sufferers. For those with secondary hyperhidrosis, treatment results can vary. Our practitioners will thoroughly assess treatment suitability during your consultation.
Our botox treatment can be used to manage excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, feet, upper face and groin.
Botox isn’t a cure for hyperhidrosis, and regular treatments (usually every three to six months) will be required to maintain the benefits. However, it is a safe and effective way of managing the condition.