Banish Excess Sweating Today
Sweating is a normal phenomenon that occurs when your body tries to cool itself down. It’s something that can leave you feeling unattractive, with your palms, underarms, feet and entire body feeling damp and sticky. For most of us, sweating stops after we’ve cooled down. For others, sweating occurs at any time and for no reason. We call this Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.
If you currently have hyperhidrosis, you should know that you can find relief from this embarrassing condition. Keep reading to find out more about what could be causing your excessive sweating and how Dr Theva Thevakumar and the team at his Melbourne Cosmetic Clinic can help you get free from it.
Common Causes Of Hyperhidrosis
One of the leading causes of hyperhidrosis is stress and anxiety. Problems we experience in our personal lives can lead to us feeling anxious, increasing our heart rate and body temperature and causing us to sweat more. Certain medications to treat these conditions can make the sweating even worse.
Having an overactive thyroid can also cause excess sweating. The symptoms for hyperthyroidism vary, so should you suspect that you may be suffering from it, getting tested by your GP will help you find a diagnosis and treatment.
Finally, another common cause of hyperhidrosis is menopause. It’s common for women approaching menopause to experience night sweats and hot flashes. These often occur with no warning and don’t respond to conventional treatments.
Whether any of the above conditions are causing your hyperhidrosis or its idiopathic in nature (in other words, has no medical cause), medical treatment is often the best option for sweat relief, provided your doctor signs off on it. Your treatment options can include:
- Anti-Wrinkle Injections – Did you know that anti-wrinkle injections can smooth out your skin and help plump up its volume? It can also reduce your sweating. Injecting areas such as your underarms, feet and hands can provide relief from sweating for up to eight months at a time.
- Iontophoresis: Here, a slow electrical current is used to temporarily block sweat glands while your hands, feet or both are in a shallow tray of water. The process usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Results are temporary, so people suffering from sweaty feet and palms will need to undergo several treatments for long term relief.
- Surgery: Surgery can remove your sweat glands or interrupt the central nervous system impulses that intensify sweating. This process, known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, is one of the last resorts to treat hyperhidrosis as it can have the opposite effect intended and cause the sweating to worsen.
If you’re currently experiencing hyperhidrosis, there are a variety of possible solutions available – some including medication and topical treatments and others including more intensive measures like the ones above. To find out what route you should take, make an appointment with Dr Theva today.