News


30 August 2018

Heating up?

Heating up?

Dreading the excesses of summer? If excessive armpit sweating is an ongoing problem for you, read on. A significant number of people suffer from this annoying and often embarrassing problem, which is known in medical terms as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis. Sweating is the body’s natural way of responding to heat and stress but excessive amounts can cause issues. Due to the embarrassing nature of this condition there is a general lack of awareness that there is treatment available. In fact, more than half of sufferers are never diagnosed or treated for the symptoms. Many simply move from strength to strength in their anti-perspirants, avoid wearing certain clothes that make the perspiration more obvious, and change their clothes regularly during a day. The effects of hyperhidrosis can be physical, psychological and emotional. People may endure social embarrassment and difficulty being in public situations, work and personal relationships can be affected, time and energy wasted on personal hygiene. In some cases the skin of the armpits may become irritated and infected. While there is no cure, there is an excellent means to avoiding this problem – and it’s a simple one. Injecting small amounts of Botulinim Toxin A (Botox®) into the skin of the armpit, which is first anaesthetised with topical anaesthetic cream for comfort, can be life changing for sufferers of hyperhidrosis. Results are noticeable after two weeks and the effects can last around 6-8 months or even longer. No more reapplying anti-perspirants, ruined clothing or disguising body odour. This is a quick, simple procedure that our skilled appearance medicine team perform regularly. Many patients include it in their annual pre summer routine, perhaps you shoud too.