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hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can disrupt daily life and cause self consciousness. If you believe you are suffering from hyperhidrosis, we recommend seeking advice from our clinic, who can help investigate the issue and provide treatment.

What is hyperhidrosis? 

Hyperhidrosis is caused by faulty nerve signals that trigger eccrine sweat glands to become overstimulated. This results in the sweat glands producing more perspiration than physiologically required. Essentially, there is no reasonable stimuli causing it (such as an increase in temperature or physical exertion). 

Causes of hyperhidrosis 

Hormonal changes 

Hormonal fluctuations or hormonal imbalances can cause excessive sweating. Women can be especially prone to experiencing hyperhidrosis during pregnancy, post-partum and menopause. Hot flashes and night sweats can occur during these periods. 

Medications and medical conditions 

Excessive sweating can be a symptom if you have an infection, fever or diabetes, overactive thyroid or cancer. Additionally, side effects of medications, including some antidepressants, contraceptive pills, opioids, and thyroid-regulating drugs, can also cause hyperhidrosis. 

Lifestyle and diet

Certain foods are known to trigger perspiration. Hot spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can cause clamminess and sweating. This is called gustatory sweating. 

Mental Health 

The way we feel mentally and emotionally impacts our body temperature. Anxiety can cause people to sweat excessively as it causes our body temperature to rise.

What causes excessive sweating?

Various factors can affect how much a person sweats. These can include: 

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Genetics
  • Fitness level
  • Body size
  • Health conditions
  • Diet

What are the signs of hyperhidrosis? 

Clear indications are: 

  • Sweating outside of normal stimuli (room temperature and exercise)
  • Sweat that soaks clothing
  • Sweaty palms that make everyday tasks difficult (e.g. driving)
  • Anxiety-prone sweating in social or professional settings
  • Sweat that causes skin irritation or fungal infections
  • Sweaty feet that ruin footwear

Treatment

Did you know that wrinkle reduction treatment can be used to treat hyperhidrosis? The injections work by blocking the nerve signal to the sweat glands. This treatment for hyperhidrosis is highly effective and can reduce excessive sweating by 87%. Results are usually noticed 2–4 days after treatment and can last up to 12 months. We recommend repeating the treatment after 1 year. 

Call our reception team on (03) 9070 0953 to book a consult appointment if you are interested in this treatment.

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