Excessive sweating

What is excessive sweating?

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a common problem that affects both women and men. The sweating can occur all over the body or just in certain areas. Although sweating is a natural process that allows the body to cool down and regulate temperature, sweating excessively can be uncomfortable and socially embarrassing.

The amount of sweat that is considered to be normal really depends on the demands of your body. The climate also has an impact on the amount that you perspire. If you sweat far more than your body needs to sweat, during activity, you may have hyperhidrosis.

What causes excessive sweating?

When temperatures rise, sweat glands kick into action to produce more sweat to generate a cooling off effect. This can be caused by the climate or when participating in exercise or physical activity. Some people also increase sweat output when eating hot or spicy foods. The condition known as hyperhidrosis makes the body create an overactive response in its natural cooling mechanism. As a result, four or five times the amount of sweat can be produced. It’s estimated that around 3% of the population excessively sweat.

The menopause alters estrogen and progesterone levels resulting in hot flashes and night sweats. Some medications can trigger excessive sweating, and heavy sweating can also be caused by infections.

Treatment options:

Although there are a number of prescription medications and antiperspirant products available that can help you combat hyperhidrosis, excellent results are not always guaranteed. Botox however, can prevent the release of the chemical that triggers the sweat glands to activate, by blocking and paralysing the neurotransmitters that stimulate the glands. The anti-wrinkle treatment directly targets the sweat glands in the armpit, in order to reduce the production of sebum and sweat. Botox is highly effective in treating excessive sweating and has no downtime.

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