Updated: Apr 25, 2020
It is thought that up to 3% of the population or 145000 people in Ireland suffer with hyperhidrosis. This is a condition characterised by excessive sweating. This isn't people who suffer normal sweating, obviously a level of physical exertion should produce sweating, sweat is a natural excretion designed to cool the skin and control body heat. This is the abnormal, excessive production of sweat in situations where it is unnecessary or socially awkward, producing a strong negative impact on the persons quality of life. Axillary Hyperhidrosis is what we see most commonly, meaning excess sweating of the underarm area.
Classically this can cause issues where sufferers will avoid certain social situations, and certainly avoid the purchase or wearing of certain types of clothing types/colours. People who can flip in a moment from a good level of self-esteem to suddenly feeling extremely self-conscious and anxious. Examples of the impact of hyperhidrosis can be seen on the International Hyperhidrosis Society website www.sweathelp.org
There are numerous approaches to treatment, with antiperspirants, surgeries, medications and iontophoresis (for hands and feet). Botulinum Toxin injections (i.e. Botox) have also been shown to be effective at significantly reducing the sweating by up to 85%, with results most commonly seen 2-4 days after treatment. Dryness typically lasts 4-12 months, with some studies showing up to a 14 month period of effectiveness. These injections can result in long-lasting improvements in an excessive sweating patient’s symptoms, daily functioning, and quality of life
Some treatments for Hyperhidrosis or Bromhidrosis (excessive sweating with malodour), have been shown to result in the body compensating by producing more sweat elsewhere, current science suggests this isn't the case for Botulinum Toxin injections, and there has been no noticeable affect on the bodies ability to regulate temperature after the treatment.
The treatment of course requires an initial consultation to ensure that the treatment is right for you, and then it will require a short appointment for the procedure. It is a quick procedure, that is very minimally invasive with the use of very fine needles, minimising the operative discomfort. This treatment has already seen fantastic results for people in Roscrea, and whilst it is not a cure, it can effectively eliminate your symptoms for a prolonged period of time. They will gradually start to return, but hopefully will give you a significant improvement in your quality of life in the mean time.
Contact Sarah at Expressions for a consultation today. Roscrea (0505) 21735