All of us sweat – it’s our body’s natural mechanism for cooling down and regulating temperature, and it can even help us ward off bacteria. However, when the body sweats excessively – a condition known as hyperhidrosis – it can make a person self-conscious. When they find it impacting on daily activities, then the condition can prove both inhibitive and traumatic.
Excessive sweating can occur anywhere over the body, such as the feet, hands, and armpits, but it can also afflict the whole body. Sometimes, the condition develops during childhood without a specific cause and is known as “primary” or “focal” hyperhidrosis. Alternatively, it can be triggered by an external force such as anxiety, pregnancy or medication, and in those instances, it is known as “secondary” or “generalised” hyperhidrosis.
Between one and five per cent of the population suffer from excessive sweating. It can affect men and women of any age. There is no obvious pattern. However, the good news is that the condition can be treated, most commonly with Botulinum Toxin injections, enabling you to get on with your life with minimal worry.