Sweating is a completely normal mechanism and is a part of the way the body regulates temperature.
However some people produce sweat in far greater amounts than is necessary to keep the body temperature regular and this is known as hyperhidrosis.
The good news is that effective treatments are available which could significantly improve your quality of life.
Excessive sweating is caused by overactivity of the eccrine gland. This overactivity is linked to the sympathetic nervous system which regulates many important functions of the body. The eccrine glands are found virtually all over the body surface but are concentrated on particular areas including under the armpits.
The eccrine glands can be triggered by smoking, exercise, heat or cold, alcohol coffee and tea, hot or spice food, stressful anxiety of strong emotions.
If you think you may suffer from hyperhidrosis, there are certain lifestyle changed that can help;
- Using antiperspirants and deodorants
- Maintain a cool environment
- Wear loose clothing
- Try to stay relaxed
- Avoid triggers such as spicy food or alcohol
If lifestyle change is not enough however, a very effective type of hyperdidrosis treatment for this condition is with the aid of Botox. The way this works is that the Botox temporarily blocks the chemical signals to the sweat glands, and sweat is then simply not produced. The rest of your body will produce enough sweat to continue thermoregulation and there is no medical side effect to stopping the sweat production in the area. This type of Botox treatment can last up to 6 months and you will then begin to notice that you gradually begin to sweat in the area again.
Botox is injected carefully into the area of excessive sweating. The procedure takes a few minutes and is not painful. The most common area of treatment is the underarms, but Botox has proven to be effective when injected in to the hands, the feet and in some cases, the forehead.