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Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that is not related to exercise. Patients who suffer with hyperhidrosis sweat so much that it soaks through the clothes or drips off hands and/or feet. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment.

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Primary Hyperhidrosis has no known cause, it often begins in childhood or adolescence.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition or medication.

What treatments can I try?

In secondary hyperhidrosis it is important to find the cause to improve the condition.

In primary hyperhidrosis various treatments have been proven effective:

You may start with antiperspirants based on Aluminium Chloride such as Driclor or try Iontophoresis (a weak electric current passed through water or on a wet pad) can help with hand & feet sweating. If antiperspirants or iontophoresis don’t help, you may need to try different medications and therapies.

Botulinum toxin injections are excellent in reducing excessive sweating in the underarms. Unfortunately, they are less effective and extremely painful for hands and feet.

The most commonly used medications for managing hyperhidrosis are anti-cholinergics such as Glycopyrrolate, Oxybutinin and others. In severe cases, your doctor may suggest surgery either to remove the sweat glands or to disconnect the nerves responsible for the overproduction of sweat.
Sometimes an underlying cause may be found and treated.

If you suffer with hyperhidrosis, make an appointment to see one of our Dermatologists , who can advise you further.

Where can I read more on Hyperhidrosis?

You can read more on the Hyperhidrosis UK website

Or the British Association of Dermatologists – patient information leaflets