Excess Sweating – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment.

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Hyperhidrosis Treatment, Manchester & Liverpool

It may be deemed normal to have water dripping off your armpits, hands or face after a heavy workout. This is a normal bodily response to help you cool down. But did you know that many people find that they suffer from excessive sweating when they don’t need to cool down. Are you one of the many people who always has wet sweaty hands, no matter what you are doing. Or what about wet patches on your clothes? Do you have big wet patches around your armpits; regardless of how much deodorant you apply in the morning? Excessive sweating, also known as Hyperhidrosis, is a common problem that can cause a whole lot of unhappiness. The body may produce excess sweat for no obvious reason, due to an underlying condition. Or alternatively you may suffer from Hyperhidrosis as a side effect of a medication that you are taking.

What is normal?

There really isn’t a guideline that determines what level of sweating is classed as normal. But if you feel that you sweat too much, that the excess sweating negatively affects your life and causes embarrassment, then it’s likely that you suffer from Hyperhidrosis. Many people try to seek out a Hyperhidrosis Treatment, in Manchester, Liverpool or nearby, due to the unwanted side effects associated with this condition. Excess sweat can stains clothes. The on-going embarrassment may ruin romances and cause difficulties in business and social interactions. Some people find that their excess sweating is so severe, that they struggle to do the simplest of tasks: such as pick up and grip a pen, hold a steering wheel, or even shake hands with someone.

A person may experience excess sweating on the whole of the body.  Alternatively it may affect only certain parts.

Commonly affected areas affected by Hyperhidrosis include the:

  • Armpits
  • Soles of your fee
  • palms of your hands
  • face
  • chest and
  • groin

What causes the excess sweating?

Very often there is no obvious cause for the condition. Although endocrine or neurological problems, infections or other systematic diseases, could well be an influencing factor: Most people who suffer with hyperhidrosis are otherwise in seemingly good health. Some people seem to suffer with excess sweating during all of their waking hours: No matter what mood they are in or what the outside temperature is. Others, who suffer from hyperhidrosis, seem to find certain triggers that make the problem worse.

Some of these triggers may include:

  • taking certain medications
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • infections
  • pregnancy
  • the menopause
  • anxiety

Things you can do yourself to help with excess sweating 


  • Try to wear loose-fitting clothes to reduce the signs of any excess sweating. Change your clothes during the day if you have a particularly bad episode of excess sweating.
  • Try to wear socks that are made of a material that effectively absorbs moisture. Change your socks during the day.
  • Wear shoes made of leather or open fitting shoes if the weather allows it. Try to wear different types of shoes on a daily basis rather than the same pair all the time.

Do not…..

  • Be wary of tightly fitting clothing and fabrics that are man made.
  • Be wary of enclosed boots or some types of sporty shoes that may result in your feet to produce even more excess sweat.
  • Do not do things that might make your sweating worse – for example, drinking alcohol or eating spicy food.

What treatment options are available for Hyperhidrosis within Manchester, Liverpool or nearby?

If the above pointers don’t help in regards to reducing the excess sweating: What other things could you consider as a treatment option for Hyperhidrosis, within the Manchester area, Liverpool or another area within the UK?

Initially it may be advisable to see your local pharmacy to help with the problem.

There are over the counter products available that can help with a lot of cases.

These may include:

  • Stronger antiperspirants than you would normally purchase through your local supermarket
  • Sweat shields that help protect clothing
  • Foot powders
  • Gentle soap substitutes.


Treating extreme Hyperhidrosis

If your excessive sweating has no obvious cause, and traditional remedies already explained here are not helping to reduce the problem: You may be referred to see a specialist who can help.

A specialist within Manchester, Liverpool or nearby that can offer other treatment options for the problem of excess sweating may suggest one of the following:

  • Botox injections
  • Tablets that aim to reduce overall sweating.
  • Iontophoresis treatment. This is when a weak electric current is passed through water and through the areas affected
  • Surgery – to remove sweat glands.

Using Botox as a Hyperhidrosis Treatment, Manchester or Liverpool

Botulinum toxin injections (also known as Botox) are a viable treatment option for people who suffer with excess sweating or hyperhidrosis. If your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants then Botox could be an option to help.

Botox has been licensed by the FDA to treat hyperhidrosis or excess sweating from the armpits. It works by blocking the nerve signal that is control of activating the body’s sweat glands. When an experienced injector puts the Botox into the area of your body that is producing excess sweat, the nerves are blocked and effectively paralyzed. This means no sweat can be produced in this area. The treatment will only be effective in the specific areas on the body where it is injected.

What does it feel like?

Botox, as a treatment for hyperhidrosis or excess sweating, is most effective when done by a experienced doctor or health practitioner. The whole process does not take long and could be completed during a lunch break. The Botox is injected just below the outer surface of the skin using a very fine needle. Usually several injections of Botox will be administered a few centimetres apart: To create a grid like pattern around the area that is to be treated. A numbing cream may be applied beforehand to help with any pain. Although the FDA has approved Botox to treat the armpit area only, some doctors do use Botox as a hyperhidrosis treatment for other parts of the body; including the hands, feet and even the face. These areas may be more uncomfortable to treat however.

How to prepare for a Hyperhidrosis treatment?

If you decide to go ahead and have Botox as a treatment for Hyperhidrosis, in Manchester, Liverpool or nearby, you will usually be asked to avoid shaving the armpit area for a couple of days before treatment. Be sure to inform your practitioner of any medication that you are taking but do not stop taking any of them unless you are specifically instructed to do so. If you take medication to thin the blood, your doctor may ask you to stop taking this type of medication for a few days before the injections to help prevent bruising.

What to expect after treatment

You can return your normal life, including work, immediately after you’re done with your Botox treatment. Your doctor may ask to see you again on a follow-up appointment. This is to check the treatment has worked as intended and possibly touch up any missed spots. It can take between two and seven days for you to stop sweating in the area that has been treated for excess sweating. It may take up to two weeks before you experience total dryness.

The effects of Botox as a treatment for Hyperhidrosis are not permanent, meaning you will have to have more injections in the future. If you have been treated for excess sweating in the underarm area, the treatment may last between four and fourteen months. The hands and feet would need treating more regularly and may need another treatment in about 6 months after the initial Botox injection has been done.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment, Manchester & Liverpool.

Botox is a highly effective treatment for Hyperhidrosis. For many people, It can drastically improves the quality of life for many people. Mr El Gawad offers Botox as a treatment for excess sweating from one of his clinics in Manchester, Liverpool, Newton Le Willows or Bolton. Contact him here to book a FREE consultation to discuss whether this procedure would be right for you.