It’s been a hot couple of months in the UK, and even hotter abroad, with record temperatures in Spain and Portugal right in the middle of summer holiday season! As a result, feeling hot under the collar and ‘glowing’ with perspiration is a sensation that few have escaped since the beginning of June. However, for some people, the uncomfortable feeling of sweating is a year round issue that can cause discomfort and embarrassment, whatever the weather. These people suffer from hyperhidrosis, or ‘excessive sweating’, where the body produces more sweat than is needed to regulate its temperature. The condition is more common than you might think, with 1% of the population experiencing the symptoms of excessive sweating.
How can you treat hyperhidrosis?
- Use antiperspirant sprays/roll-ons – speak to your pharmacist or GP for recommendations if traditional antiperspirants aren’t helping, as they may be able to recommend stronger products to tackle your excessive seating.
- Avoid spicy food/hot drinks/alcohol if you know that these trigger your hyperhidrosis.
- Wear loose, breathable clothing and shoes made from natural fibres rather than synthetic fabrics, as these can help your skin to breathe and stay cooler, even in warmer weather
If simple lifestyle changes don’t improve the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, there are other treatment options available including the use of botulinum toxin to block the nerves that prompt the sweating response in certain areas of the body. If you would like to find out whether this is an appropriate treatment option for you, it’s worth speaking to your GP or to a medically qualified clinician with the appropriate prescribing qualification (like an Independent Nurse Prescriber) to discuss the issues that you are having in greater detail.
If you’d like more information, please call us today on 07702 581588 or visit our dedicated web-page: Hyperhidrosis