Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for severe excessive sweating. It is a disabling medical condition that affects the bodies’ sweating mechanism. It causes a severe over-reaction of the sympathetic nervous system. This constant over reaction is what produces excessive sweating. There are two main types of the condition. Primary and Secondary.
The condition can affect anyone at any age. It can occur almost anywhere on the body and can affect all genders and ages, although it is most common in teenagers and young adults. Symptoms normally appear around puberty but can also affect patients as young a six. There are various degrees of severity and multiple treatment methods available. Iontophoresis is a proven, non-invasive method of controlling excessive sweating.
Currently, the medical profession does not fully understand the reasons for Hyperhidrosis. We know it affects approximately 5% of the population, or around 3.5 million people in the UK. It is in fact more common than most people believe. In addition to this many people go un-diagnosed. This is because sufferers tend to go to great lengths to hide their condition. Some people suffer with problematic sweat and/or odour, but do not necessarily have Hyperhidrosis.
There are many treatment options available. These range from topical high strength antiperspirants to Botox and ETS surgery. Generally antiperspirant is your first call and very successful for most people, particularly under the arms. If this fails or if you sweat excessively on hands and feet, then Iontophoresis should be the next step in your treatment plan.
The are two main forms of Hyperhidrosis – primary and secondary. Primary is localised sweating. For example, sweating may occur on palms of hands, soles of feet, underarms, face and scalp. Primary Hperhidrosis is not caused by a medical condition, nor the side effect of medications. The excessive sweating is the medical condition itself.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis is generally caused by another underlying medical condition or can be the side effect of a medication. Sufferers of Secondary conditions generally experience sweating on a larger scale. Sweating can often affect multiple areas.
Affects of Hyperhidrosis
The affects of Hyperhidrosis can be devastating. Often the condition is dismissed as insignificant. The sufferer can experience serious social embarrassment. They often go to extreme measures in order to hide the condition and it affects lives daily. Many do not realise that the condition even exists. They merely assume they just sweat a lot. They do not realise that their excessive sweating can be controlled. There is help for Hyperhidrosis. We have specialised in this area for more than 13 years.