Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a condition that affects between 1 - 3% of the Australian population. This condition can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Dr Walsh treats numerous men and women who experience hyperhidrosis. Common areas requiring treatment include underarms, hands and feet. The cause of hyperhidrosis is genetic, made worse by stress, excess weight and, unfortunately, certain medications.
Hyperhidrosis is a very real and embarrassing problem for some people, affecting job choices, social connections and psychological health. However there are some ways to help manage the condition. Before you hide away under bulky sweaters or move to a chillier climate, you may try some simple techniques for combating excessive sweating like using a super strong antiperspirant, often purchased from a chemist. Most antiperspirants contain aluminium salts so when you roll them onto your skin, the antiperspirant forms a plug that blocks perspiration. Antiperspirants aren't only for your underarms. You can also apply them to other areas where you sweat, like the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Antiperspirants may also be applied to the hairline but please check for irritation and skin sensitivity. Don't just use your antiperspirant in the morning and forget about it after that. Apply as directed (2-4 hourly) and at night before you go to bed - it may well help keep you drier during the night and may help improve your sleep.
Existing topical and surgical therapies may not be your treatment of choice and may be either ineffective or associated with unacceptable morbidity. anima clinica provides an effective alternative, Botulinum toxin type A (neurotoxin) which represents a safe and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. One of the most troublesome disadvantages associated with this therapy is pain at the injection sites. For this reason we ask our patients to attend the clinic approximately half an hour before their appointment for numbing cream. Neurotoxins work by preventing the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate. You may need to have several neurotoxin injections, but the results can last for almost a year.