Sweat Reduction Treatment (Using Botox®)

Excess sweating (or Hyperhydrosis)

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What is hyperhydrosis?

Everybody sweats; it is a normal and important part of how our bodies regulate temperature. Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. People with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than that needed to control their temperature. Approximately 3% of UK adults suffer from some form of excessive sweating and around 1.4% experience excessive sweating under the arms. That equates to approximately 840,000 people in the UK.

It usually begins to affect people from adolescence or early twenties and often persists to affect individuals in middle age.

People with this condition can produce large amounts of sweat which can often be unsightly causing damp sweat patches.

Excessive underarm sweating is caused by over activity of one type of sweat gland, the eccrine gland. These glands are found virtually all over the body surface but are concentrated in the armpits, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, face and scalp. There are many factors which can stimulate excessive sweating.

Examples of triggers include:

  • Exercise
  • Heat or cold
  • Alcohol, coffee and tea
  • Smoking
  • Hot or spicy food
  • Stress, anxiety or strong emotions
  • Certain times of the day


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