What is it and what causes it?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating and is largely the result of overactive sweat glands. It is a relatively common condition effecting approximately 3% of the population, however if left untreated may lead to psychological, emotional and social distress.Hyperhidrosis can occur at multiple sites on the body, however is most commonly seen in the hands, feet and underarms.
- Topical or oral medications such as anti-cholnergic drugs may be prescribed to inhibit the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), reducing the body’s ability to sweat.
- Injecting Botulinum Toxin Type-A (Botox) is another simple and increasingly popular method of treatment for severe underarm sweating. By injecting the sweat glands directly, the areas responsible for the production and release of sweat are inhibited with no interference to the body’s natural regulation systems or nerves. Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis has shown to have approximately 6-12 months longevity.
- Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) is a procedure employed when other primary treatment options have not proven successful or are unsuitable. During the procedure, the sympathetic nerve trunk is cut, switching off the signals that initiate the body's sweat response. While this method can be effective in eliminating the condition, this permanent surgical procedure is used as a last resort and is best discussed thoroughly with your doctor before proceeding.