Sweating is a normal bodily function which is necessary to control body temperature. Sweating sometimes also occurs when we are anxious or affraid. Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system, and we have no conscious control over it. In a small number of people (about 1% of the population), the sympathetic nervous system is responsible for regulating sweating.
In a small number of people (about 1% of the population), the sympathetic nervous system works at a very high level causing sweating to occur at inappropriate times, far in excess of the amount necessary to maintain normal body temperature.
Embarrassing and inconvenient – excess sweating
People who suffer from hyperhydrosis may constantly worry about having to change clothes, or shaking hands etc. They have often suffered from the condition for years before seeking help. Or they may have sought help only to find that their case isn’t severe enough for them to get treatment from their NHS doctor.
As well as causing embarrassment, excessive sweating can also cause irritating or painful skin conditions. Bacteria and fungi thrive in humid conditions and chaffing and rubbing can occur leaving skin sore and open to infection.
Botulinum toxin is an approved treatment for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating). It is available in extreme cases on the NHS. However, some people are clearly troubled by excess sweating but their condition is deemed not severe enough to be treated. We can provide this treatment privately for you. Botox has been used medically for a very long time and in more recent times for cosmetic procedures such as wrinkle reduction. Botox acts directly on the tiny nerves that over stimulate the sweat gland, shutting them down for up to 6 months.