In this weeks post we’ll be answering some of the most common questions on Hyperhidrosis from treatments to what effects it has.
Q: What is hyperhidrosis?
A: Hyperhidrosis IS a skin disease caused by over-reactive sweat glands. The glands trigger the body to start sweating to cool the body down and produces up to five times more sweat than the average person across the body; most commonly in the hands, feet, underarms and face.
Q: What causes it?
A: There’s two types of Hyperhidrosis – Primary and Secondary. Primary Hyperhidrosis is often inherited whereas Secondary HH is secondary to another medical condition.
Q: How many people suffer from Hyperhidrosis?
A: Hyperhidrosis is thought to affect between one and five percent of the population – that’s millions of people across the world however due to the sigma associated with sweating, the true number could be higher.
Q: Can it be treated?
A: Hyperhidrosis can’t be completely cured however there are a number of options to help reduce the sweating. A doctor will start by prescribing strong anti-antiperspirants to see if they make a difference and if they don’t may refer you to Iontophoresis. This is a treatment where your hands and feet are placed into trays of water with a painless electrical current passed through. There’s also other medications such as tablets, Botox injects and surgery.
Q: How else does Hyperhidrosis affect someone?
A: Hyperhidrosis isn’t just a physical condition, it’s can also have huge psychological effects. Sweating is a taboo subject so many people shy away from shaking hands, socialising and even doing basic tasks such as holding paper or trying to write.
Q: Does sweat smell?
A: Sweat is mainly water so doesn’t have an odour however sometimes bacteria is released with the sweat which causes a smell. Washing and using an anti-antiperspirant should help with sweating and any odour.