Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. Sweating is caused by the brain and is an unconscious body function. It usually happens in response to a stimulus, such as a rise in body temperature or to emotions such as anxiety.
People with hyperhidrosis have abnormal excessive sweating not always associated with a stimulus. The cause is often unknown but can sometimes be triggered by infections, hormonal conditions, diabetes or overactive thyroid.
Excessive sweating can be a very embarrassing and distressing condition and is much more common than people may think; it causes great anxiety in the simplest of day to day situations. It dictates the clothes you wear, affects the jobs you are able to do and the social interactions that you have.
Most people with this condition may have already tried the over-the-counter treatments such as antiperspirants which usually lead to treatments containing aluminium chloride. There are also treatments using Iontophoresis, which passes a small electrical current through the area.
However, some sufferers find that none of these treatments give them the results that they require.
A very successful treatment involves tiny injections of botulinum toxin to the area, this blocks the signals from the brain to the sweat glands. The procedure itself is very simple and takes around 30-45 minutes but the effects can last for many months.
Before this treatment can be given you will require a consultation to ascertain your medical history and suitability for treatment.