Which areas can be affected by excessive sweating?
The most common area to be affected by excessive sweating is the armpits. Other areas that can be affected include the palms, soles, scalp, face and groins. In some instances excessive sweating affects the whole body.
The causes of excessive sweating are not known. Sweating is a normal function of the body and is required to reduce heat. It is very possible that there are increased signals from the brain along the nerves to the sweat glands in those who are prone to sweating excessively. This theory has not been proven. Generalised excessive sweating is occasionally caused by hormonal imbalances, though this is an uncommon cause.
Suffers of excessive sweating report embarrassment, fear of going out, low self esteem and reduced confidence from their problem. Excessive sweating can severely reduce the quality of life sufferers.
How is excessive sweating treated?
Following a detailed consultation, our Dermatologists will be able to offer you treatments for your excessive treatments. If the condition is localised to the armpits, palms or soles then topical treatments, botulinum toxin injections and iontophoresis are useful treatments. If the condition affects the whole body, or large parts of the body then localised areas can still be treated in this way, and supplementary oral medications may also be recommended.
Treatments for excessive sweating at Belgravia Dermatology
Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist to design an individualised treatment plan
Topical treatments that area applied over the areas prone to excessive sweating
Botulinum toxin injections – these are suitable for sweating of the armpits, palms, soles, scalp, upper forehead and other small areas.
Advice on iontophoresis
Tablets that reduce sweating
Surgery to the nerves that carry the signals to sweat glands
How effective are sweating treatments?
Localised excessive sweating responds very well to treatment. The response of generalised sweating to treatment is much more variable, and many individuals respond well to treatment for this too.
What should I do next?
If you suffer from excessive sweating then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.
“Excessive sweating can severely reduce the quality of life sufferers. Localised excessive sweating responds very well to treatment.”