Did you know that excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis affects about 3% of Canadians? That’s roughly 952,000 Canadians!
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition described as sweating beyond what is necessary to cool the body. It most often affects the underarms, hands, feet, and face. Many people with hyperhidrosis are unaware there is treatment available.
There are 2 types of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary hyperhidrosis – also called focal hyperhidrosis. This affects specific areas such as underarms, palms and soles. It is caused by a malfunction within the sympathetic nervous system, that overstimulates the nerves that cause the sweat glands to produce more sweat.
- Secondary hyperhidrosis – also called generalized hyperhidrosis. This usually affects the entire body, and is caused by medication or another medical condition (such as menopause, thyroid disease, infection).
In my practice, I assess primary hyperhidrosis using the following Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale:
- My sweating is never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities
- My sweating is tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities
- My sweating is barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities
- My sweating is intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities
The good news is that I can help you find a solution to focal hyperhidrosis.
Clinical strength topical antiperspirants are typically first line of therapy. I am an expert at using Botox injections to control focal sweating. Botox injections will interrupt the signal from the nerve to the sweat gland, and usually result in 80% or more improvement in sweating for approximately 5-7 months. My patients often report their Botox hyperhidrosis treatments are “life changing”!