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Injections to dramatically reduce excessive sweating.
Injections into the skin in areas affected by hyperhidrosis reduce sweating in these areas by blocking the signals from the brain to the sweat glands.
Around 15-20 injections are given in the affected areas of the body, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face. The procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes in total.
The effect of the injections usually lasts for several months, after which time the treatment can be repeated if necessary.
Availability of botulinum toxin on the NHS can vary widely depending on your local NHS trust, this treatment is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain this treatment on NHS as it is deemed not clinically urgent.
Botulinum toxin is only licensed for underarm sweating and not for large areas. The skin can be numbed with an anaesthetic cream or injection, but this is often not needed as underarm skin is not very sensitive. Botulinum toxin is not commonly used in the palms and soles because it can cause temporary weakness of hand and foot muscles and is painful, therefore Summerfield Healthcare will only offer this treatment for the affected areas under the arms.
Hyper means “more” and hidrosis means “sweating.”
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively, it has been estimated to affect between one and three in every 100 people which means there are likely to be hundreds of thousands of people living with it in the UK.
The sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas. Commonly affected areas include the:
The sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to your health, but it can be embarrassing, distressing and it can also have a negative impact on your quality of life.
‘Normal’ or heavy sweating can be controlled with shop bought anti-perspirants or aluminium chloride. Only when the amount of sweating is excessive and cannot be controlled by these measures, it is termed “hyperhidrosis”.
Hyperhidrosis can often be as a consequence of another illness, such conditions that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis include:
The side effect of some medications, for example antidepressants, opiate drugs and anabolic steroids, can cause hyperhidrosis. In many it is merely due to overactive sweat glands or over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Many people with hyperhidrosis are too embarrassed to seek medical help or believe that nothing can be done to improve it.. Treatement is available.
Changing your lifestyle cannot cure hyperhidrosis, but it can improve your symptoms and help your confidence.
Your GP may prescribe or suggest a stronger antiperspirant for you, antiperspirant containing aluminium chloride is often used to treat hyperhidrosis.
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