What is hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating is medically termed hyperhidrosis. It most commonly affects the armpits, palms and soles, or sometimes the face (called localised hyperhidrosis); or the whole body (called generalised hyperhidrosis).
What is the cause of hyperhidrosis?
It can occur without any cause (called primary), or due to an underlying medical condition (called secondary), when further investigations may be required.
Hormonal conditions (such as menopause, overactive thyroid gland or diabetes), infections, certain medications (antidepressants) or rarely irritation of the nerves are possible causes.
What are the treatments for hyperhidrosis?
During the initial consultation, an assessment will be made, including discussion of treatment options.
Treatment options offered in the clinic include:
i) Injections of botulinum toxin are effective for hyperhidrosis affecting certain specific areas. The treatment needs to be repeated at regular intervals
ii) Prescribed medications can be offered for generalised hyperhidrosis