Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes an abnormal increase in sweating, far in excess of that required for the normal regulation of body temperature. Excessive sweating can be an annoying and a socially embarrassing problem for many individuals.
There are two categories of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary: This is the most common type of excessive sweating. Although many people affected by Primary Hyperhidrosis have a family history of the condition, the main cause is still unknown. Primary Hyperhidrosis often starts in childhood or adolescence and the most commonly affected areas include the palms, armpits, soles of the feet and sometimes the face and scalp.
Factors that increase symptoms include stress, anxiety and heat.
- Secondary: This type of excessive sweating occurs due to an underlying medical condition and may affect the whole body. Possible causes include diabetes, overactive thyroid gland, obesity, menopause, infection, damage to nerves, some medications and some tumours.
Our Dermatologists will assess patient conditions to exclude secondary hyperhidrosis before creating a treatment plan. There are several treatments for Hyperhidrosis, including the highly effective muscle relaxing injections, for armpit sweating.
To arrange an appointment to see one of our Dermatologists please send through a referral from your GP.