This is a condition that affects both men and women and involves embarrassing sweating of the underarms, palms, soles of the feet and forehead. It can have a significant impact on job prospects, social interactions and general quality of life.
Hyperhidrosis can occur in many different parts of the body but the most commonly treated area is the armpit. It is not a temporary condition but usually starts in adolescence and continues throughout life. It is a difficult condition to treat but the most effective treatment is with a muscle relaxing injection.
This treatment can significantly reduce the amount of sweat produced in these areas for up to 6 months by binding the sweat glands and blocking the production of sweat.
The treatment involves a number of minute injections into the areas requiring treatment. This is generally well tolerated but if necessary a topical local anaesthetic can be applied before treatment. The treatment should start to take effect at about one week. The response can be quite variable but in general a 90% reduction in sweat production is obtained at 2 weeks post treatment.