Do you suffer from excessive sweating? If so, you’re not alone. You may have a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, which affects over 1 million Canadians. Excessive sweating can be very embarrassing, causing those who have it to be self-conscious.
Everyone sweats a little when they’re nervous, anxious or even excited. We sweat for a number of different reasons. It is our body’s natural response to dealing with high-stress situations in addition to regulating our body temperature. However, when you have hyperhidrosis, you sweat a lot more than average. Not only can it affect your confidence, but it can also affect your productivity at work, emotional well-being and the type of clothing you wear. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatments available today that can help to control excessive sweating so it no longer remains the focus of your days.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the term used for excessive sweating due to overactive sweat glands. Although the direct cause of hyperhidrosis cannot be pinpointed, it may have something to do with over-activity of the central nervous system. People with this condition can sweat up to four times more than average in order to maintain normal body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis, which usually starts in young adulthood, is categorized into two types. Localized or focal hyperhidrosis is when sweating is limited to specific body parts such as hands, feet and armpits. These areas are more common because they have a higher concentration of sweat glands. On the other hand, generalized hyperhidrosis is when your whole body sweats.
Having hyperhidrosis can feel like you’re constantly sweating bullets, even if you aren’t nervous or anxious about anything. Instead, you can become anxious about sweating profusely, which can in turn cause you to sweat more. When it gets to this level, individuals with hyperhidrosis may change their clothes more frequently and even avoid shaking hands with people because they are self-conscious.
When to See a Doctor?
It’s hard to define what is considered too much when it comes to sweating. However, if your sweating is causing you distress, it could likely be too much. For those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, antiperspirant is often not strong enough to keep the problem under control. It’s important to know that excessive sweating isn’t normal and it’s not something you should have to live with. It is a treatable condition.
If you think you may have hyperhidrosis because you are sweating through your clothes, you sweat even when it’s cold outside or your excessive sweating is affecting your social life, we advise you to see your family physician. What’s surprising is that only 38% of people with hyperhidrosis talk to a health care professional about their condition because they don’t know that it is treatable.
Treatment of Hyperhidrosis
Botox isn’t just for getting rid of wrinkles and frown lines. Botox is more than 90% effective when used as hyperhidrosis medication as it temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. Botox is injected in small amounts under the skin of the effected area. Depending on the area, most people report good results in less than one week. In addition, results can last anywhere from 2-9 months.
At Bense SurgiSpa, we offer a range of surgical and non-surgical solutions dedicated to ensuring that you benefit from the most advanced technology and aesthetic treatments in the world. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, we can help you discover relief with Botox so you can feel confident again. Take the first step by contacting us to book your free consultation.
Treating hyperhidrosis by using Botox is just as fast as it is effective. Your treatment will take approximately 30 minutes after which you can resume regular activities. While our patients usually require two treatments per year, some may require more depending on the severity of their condition and the area being treated. Contact us today to set up your free consultation!