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Surviving the summer with hyperhidrosis

By May 18, 2019 No Comments

With the summer months fast approaching, many of us find ourselves dreaming of those warm, carefree days, lounging around in the sun and soaking up the rays. But for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, quite the opposite is true. Summer can become a time filled with dread and anxiety.

Hyperhidrosis, simply put, is excessive sweating. With primary hyperhidrosis, there is no known medical cause, despite as much as 1% of the population being affected by the condition. Excessive sweating cannot only be unpleasant and cause discomfort, but could also lead to further complications such as painful itchy sweat rashes. Above all, many hyperhidrosis sufferers find the condition embarrassing. As a result, some sufferers of hyperhidrosis will hide away and remain cooped up in the house, particularly on more humid days in order to avoid embarrassingly sweaty situations. No one should feel they have to spend their summer like that! So, we have put together a few top tips to help you to survive the summer with hyperhidrosis.

Minimise sweating from the outset

– Wear loose-fitting clothing to allow air to circulate around the body. You should also think about the fabrics you are wearing. Lightweight cotton is always a good choice as the natural fibres will absorb rather than repel any moisture
– Avoid drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods
– Keep cool when you can
– Apply antiperspirant

There are a variety of medical treatments available for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, including:

– Prescription antiperspirants
– Prescription creams
– Nerve-blocking medications
– Anti-depressants
– Botox injections

How can Botox help?

Very small amounts of Botox are injected into the underarm area. This blocks the nerves which activate the sweat glands and results in significantly reduced levels of sweating.

Is it safe?

Absolutely! Unlike the alternative high-risk surgical procedures available to combat hyperhidrosis, MEDSKIN CLINIC offers botox injections as a safe and effective non-surgical treatment. This treatment usually takes around 30 minutes. Whilst you may experience a little discomfort, an anaesthetic will be applied to alleviate any pain. As new nerves grow every 6-12 weeks, you will need to return for the procedure to be repeated after 4-6 months. A very small price to pay for having your confidence and freedom back this summer! Give us a call today to find out how we can help you.

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