Whilst many of us will find ourselves reaching for our warm cosy jumpers, some may not feel quite the same. For those who suffer with hyperhidrosis, winter doesn’t offer the much-appreciated break from worrying about if you are sweating, as this condition means a person finds themselves sweating excessively no matter the temperature or weather, especially in areas such as the armpits.
This condition can have a real impact on people’s self-confidence often swaying their clothing choices and causing anxiety when out. However, muscle relaxing injections such as Botox can help with symptoms. We spoke to Dr Shaaira Nasir, Consultant Dermatologist at Sk:n Clinics to find out more.
“Hyperhidrosis is excess sweating. This can happen even at rest or when the temperature is cold. It is debilitating for patients and can reduce a person’s quality of life and cause a lot of social anxiety. For some it’s isolated areas such as affecting the face, axillary area, hands and feet. Some the whole body. It can be caused by several reasons such as overactive sweat glands, or it can be a genetic cause usually starting as a teenager. Other secondary causes can be due to underlying medical conditions such as overactive thyroid or diabetes. Certain triggers are emotions like stress and anxiety, warm temperatures, exercise, and certain foods like alcohol or spicy food.”
“It stops the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which binds to sweat glands to signal the release of sweat. It starts taking effect after two weeks and can last up to six months.”
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