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Excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis)

The purpose of sweating is primarily to regulate the body temperature.  Excessive sweating occurs when the amount of sweat produced exceeds the requirement for thermal regulation and this condition is called Hyperhidrosis.

What is Hyperhidrosis and what are the treatment options?

There are two types of Hyperhidrosis

  •  Focal – one area affected (hand, feet, underarms, face, back or neck)
  •  Generalised – whole body affected

The symptoms caused by Hyperhidrosis can be upsetting debilitating, embarrassing and very limiting. It is a condition that affects up to 3% of the population.

There are 2 levels of treatment for Hyperhidrosis available at The Chelmsford:

Botox treatments

Botulinum toxin is a relatively new treatment for people with hyperhidrosis. Botulinum toxin is a powerful protein that can be used safely in tiny (minute) doses. Around 12 to 20 injections of botulinum toxin are given in each underarm.
The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The toxin works by blocking the signals from the brain to the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat that is produced.The effects of botulinum toxin usually last from two to eight months, after which time further treatment will be needed.

Surgery

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is available.

A consultation with our vascular surgeon will help you decide what level of treatment is best for you. Please contact us for further details.

Excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis) Consultants