Hyperhidrosis is the condition whereby an individual has abnormally increased or excessive perspiration or sweating which can occur on any part of the body, although the most commonly affected sites are the hands, feet, armpits and groin area. Hyperhidrosis usually starts in childhood or adolescence and can continue well into adulthood and beyond.
Treatments range from special antiperspirants to the more drastic surgical removal of the sweat ducts. Antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride are usually the first line of treatment, which usually involves application of the medication onto the affected area, leaving it on overnight and then washing it off in the morning. Patients are also advised to wear loose-fitting cotton clothing or moisture-wick clothing and to use absorbent sweat pads if needed.
Botulinum toxin (BTX-A) is also a popular choice, particularly if other treatments have failed to improve the sweating. Botulinum toxin, known by many brand names including Botox® cannot cure hyperhidrosis, but it provides temporary relief. It is injected into the skin and it works by blocking the nerves that supply the eccrine glands. This prevents them from producing sweat.
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