Hyperhidrosis is the technical term for excessive sweating.
It is estimated that 1 in 100 people experience this, which means there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK alone affected by this.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis primary and secondary, it is important to determine which one you have so you can receive safe and effective treatment.
Today I am solely going to talk about primary hyperhidrosis, treatment options on the NHS and how at Ciao Bella we can help.
So what is primary hyperhidrosis
• Affects certain parts of the body, most commonly underarms, hands, feet and head.
• Normally affects more then one of these areas.
• It is symmetric meaning both sides are affected.
• Starts around childhood/adolescents and can sometimes run in families.
• You don’t excessively sweat while you are sleeping.
Let’s talk about the effect on your mental health
As we are becoming more aware of mental health and its impacts on daily life, it is important to draw upon the impact of hyperhidrosis on your mental health.
Hyperhidrosis can cause anxiety, distress, low confidence and low self-esteem. It can stop us from doing certain activities, having social and physical relationships, even to not accepting certain jobs. This has been confirmed in numerous amounts of studies, but you must remember everyone’s mental health is individualised, and it can impact on each person differently.
There is a hyperhidrosis diseased severity scale (HDSS) that can be used to access the impact it is having on your daily life.
Hyperhidrosis and the NHS
Unfortunately, this is classed as low priority in the NHS, so treatment is not routinely commissioned.
There are certain criteria that needs to be met and is assessed on an individual basis.
To gain treatment on the NHS you have to have a medical condition due to hyperhidrosis and you have completed a 6-month trail of conservative management including the use of tropical agents.
If you are lucky enough to get funding, it may only be for a few cycles of treatments then you will have to pay for further treatments yourself.
As follows firstly
• Extra strength antiperspirant and deodorant
• Iontrophoresis which is the passage of weak electric current through water. This blocks activity of sweat glands can last about 3-4 days but longer with repeated treatments.
• Certain drugs can reduce the activity of the nerves supplying the sweat glands
• Botox injections lasting 4-9 months. FDA approved for axillary hyperhidrosis.
• Surgery can provide a permanent solution, but the side effects can be serious and result may only be partly effective.
How we can help
Here at Ciao Bella we can help, let me tell you more.
Did you know Botulinum toxin isn’t just used for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, amazing right?
Well it has the same properties but instead of working on blocking the signal that create those fine lines and wrinkles, it blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands. This prevents the glands from producing sweat or at least reducing it in that area.
Unfortunately, the effects of treatments only last for several months, but several months is better than nothing right? But if the treatment has worked for you, you can keep having more cycles.
Many studies have shown that Botox works effectively for treating axillary hyperhidrosis and the positive effects it has on people’s mental health.
It is safe, rapid and durable and less invasive then surgery, has long lasting results up to 6 months and is more tolerable then tropical agents.
What’s more to think about, come and book a consultation with us to discuss further.
There is also a live video of treatment being undertaken at clinic which may be of use.
Just remember your health is an investment not an expense.