Did you know Botox can help with excess sweating?

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Sweating is perfectly natural. We all do it. But if you do it excessively, this is known as hyperhidrosis, something that can ruin your day or even ending up running your life. Sure, you could switch from your usual deodorant to one that promises industrial-strength protection, but it can only help so much. Also, what do you do if you’re sweating on your hands or the soles of your feet?

If you’re sick and tired of worrying about always having a wet wipes and a change of clothes, showering multiple times a day and literally breaking out into a sweat at the thought of having to shake someone’s hand, know there is a better solution. At Health Renewal we treat hyperhidrosis with a few quick injections, but before we explain, let’s talk about the science of sweat.

Sweating 101
There are many reasons as to why our bodies sweat. The primary one is to help control our body temperature, but we also perspire when we’re nervous because sweat is controlled by our hormones. This is also why we sweat less as a child and more after puberty – when our hormones kick in!

On its own, sweat isn’t actually smelly. However, when it mixes with the bacteria on our skin it creates an aroma which is why the best antiperspirants will also contain anti-microbial ingredients. Also, there is a difference between antiperspirants and deodorants and the former will always be a better sweat-buster as it contains aluminium salts. These forms a gel coating over your skin and literally blocks your sweat glands while a deodorant merely uses a fragrance in an attempt to mask the smell.

When it’s serious
If you’ve got hyperhidrosis, know that it’s a proper medical condition and there are two types.

Primary hyperhidrosis means there’s seemingly no reason for you to have hyperactive sweat glands. It tends to begin in childhood and puberty, run in families and, strangely, usually doesn’t happen when you’re asleep.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is when the condition is caused by something else. It could be the symptom of another condition, something like diabetes or leukaemia, or caused by medication. It can affect your entire body or just a certain part, like your hands, and can occur whether you’re sleeping or awake.

A real fix
Fortunately, at Health Renewal, we can help you treat both types of hyperhidrosis. If you’re suffering from the secondary type, but don’t know what’s causing it, our doctors can run a series of tests to diagnosis the condition. Often, treating that alone can resolve the excess sweating.

Another way we tackle excessive sweating at Health Renewal is via botulinum toxin injections like Botox and Dysport. A procedure so quick and easy it can be done in your lunch break, injecting your sweat glands blocks the neurotransmitter that activates them. This solution isn’t permanent, but it can offer you up to four to five months of relief and be repeated as many times as you want.

The bottom line
Ultimately, if you’re worried about your excess sweating, make an appointment to see any of our doctors at Health Renewal. If you don’t know the cause, they’ll be able to help you get to the bottom of it and possibly cure it in a way that stops the sweating. If they can’t find the underlying cause, or if it turns out that you’re suffering from primary hyperhidrosis, they can also offer you an extremely effective temporary solution in the form of life-changing injections.

This post was sponsored by Skin Renewal.

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  1. Gervase

    Is it true that when you do this procedure the sweating is then re-directed to another part of your body like your back?

    2 months ago •

    1. Emma O’Shaughnessy

      Hi Gervase, we checked on this with Skin Renewal, here’s their feedback: “No, this only happens when you remove the sweat glands completely. We are only making them temporarily less active.” Hope this helps!

      2 months ago •

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