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Treatment for hyperhidrosis by Dr Alexis Selby
Hyperhidrosis refers to chronic sweating in amounts excessive to what the body needs and can have a severe impact on a person’s self-confidence and their professional and social relationships. Patients usually have excessive sweating of the palms, underarms or soles of the feet. Those with hyperhidrosis of the hands can have loss of confidence with common activities, such as shaking another person’s hand or signing documents. Hyperhidrosis of the axillae, or underarms, can have a devastating effect on self-esteem, causing people to avoid certain social interactions, or even modifying their behaviour for fear of appearing socially unacceptable.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis involves antiperspirant deodorants as first line therapy. Botulinum toxin injection to the effected area is second line therapy. It reduces sweating temporarily by blocking the neuronal release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. A response to treatment with botulinum toxin is usually seen within 2-4 days and an improvement in sweating can last 3-9 months or longer, with significant individual variation.
At Northern Beaches Neurology our Neurologists are experienced in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Call us today to discuss an appointment.