Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive sweating, usually in areas where there is a high concentration of sweat glands such as the hands, feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis) and armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis).
Excessive sweating can even occur when temperatures are cooler or at rest. It is estimated that 2% of the global population suffers from hyperhidrosis, with less than 40% of those affected seeking medical advice. Excess sweating is a common problem that can be solved easily, leaving you with dry, soft skin regardless of the heat.
Axillary problems tend to start in late adolescence, while palmoplantar excessive sweating often begins earlier, average age 12-13 years. In most cases, if untreated, hyperhidrosis will persist throughout life causing great emotional distress and psychological handicap and stigmata interfering with one’s personal and professional life.
Botulinum toxin injections can effectively treat localized hyperhidrosis by blocking the smooth muscle activity of the sweat glands. Results can last up to nine months.