Hyperhidrosis: Excessive Sweating
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating. You understand how it affects your life, but you might not know it’s an actual medical condition. Hyperhidrosis is a disorder that makes you sweat more than you need to. In primary Hyperhidrosis, the cause is unknown and can affect specific areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet and/or face. Other factors such as diabetes, menopause, nerve damage and some medications can also cause excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening condition, but it can seriously affect your quality of life. Besides being a big inconvenience and costing you money, hyperhidrosis can cause skin breakouts, unpleasant odours and promote infection.
Hyperhidrosis is Treatable!
Producing some sweat is not a bad thing – in fact, sweat is necessary to keep your body at a healthy temperature. With hyperhidrosis, however, you produce way more sweat than your body needs. The cause of the primary hyperhidrosis is still a mystery, but what is known is that the nerves that control the sweat glands become overactive.
Neurotoxin focal injections are an effective way to treat excessive sweating. In one study of excessive underarm sweating, 95% of patients experienced an average reduction in sweating of 83% in one week. Plus, the effect lasts up to seven months or so, on average. The treatment is considered safe and effective when used correctly.
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