The causes of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
What is excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)?
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that causes people to sweat abnormally. This sweating is not necessarily attributed to environmental conditions or exercise as sweating normally would be, instead, it can happen whilst you are inactive or even if your body has no need to cool down.
Excessive sweating affects roughly 1-2% of the entire population and tends to occur at least once a week. Most people who suffer from excessive sweating can find it to be a challenging condition to live with – for not only can it disrupt your daily routine, but it can also cause social anxiety and embarrassment.
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What causes excessive sweating?
Sweating is a natural process, which when functioning properly, allows your body to maintain a comfortable temperature. You may find that you sweat when you are feeling hot and flustered or put in a situation which makes you feel uncomfortable or nervous.
Those who suffer from excessive sweating will usually find that the nerves responsible for triggering the production of sweat are overactive. Therefore, even when you are inactive or in a calm situation, you could start sweating for no reason at all.
Unfortunately, there is no medical reason as to why hyperhidrosis occurs, however, it is widely believed that the condition is linked to your genetic makeup as it can sometimes run in families.
How Can It Be Treated?
If you have made various lifestyle adjustments and found the improvements to be minimal, but don’t want to commit to a permanent, surgical solution, then we would recommend treatment via Botulinum Toxin Injections. Many people do not realise that these have a plethora of benefits that extend far beyond anti-ageing treatment. Botulinum Toxin Injections can in fact treat excessive sweating by blocking the nerve signals that are responsible for making the body sweat. Not only does this stop the body from overproducing sweat, but these effects can also last for around six months, so you confidently approach your daily routine sweat-free.