Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a medical condition that affects approximately 3 percent of the global population, equating to around 365 million people. While sweating is a natural body function, with the human body housing between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands to help cool us down, hyperhidrosis takes this to an extreme level. This condition can be quite disruptive, impacting both physical and mental health, and may often be leading to a significant decrease of confidence.
While sweating is a normal body reaction, for those with hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands are overactive, leading to excessive and often unpredictable sweating. This can occur even in cool temperatures or when at rest. Hyperhidrosis can affect any part of the body, but it most commonly impacts the underarms, hands, feet, and face, leading to both physical and emotional discomfort, and embarrassing anxiety.
Dr Mansi Mukherjee, Dermatologist and Head Medical, Kaya Skin Clinics Middle East, Dubai: very commonly, this condition increases with anxiety. Imagine telling a person who has excessive sweating to relax when he has to shake hands or make a presentation. Or a person who has to take an exam. It only increases. It leaves not only a physical but a huge psychological and social impact on the lives of those who suffer. As physicians, we have all the possibilities to help, why not then seek a doctor and a treatment available?
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Despite the challenges caused by hyperhidrosis, it’s important to remember that there are effective treatments available, which include nonsurgical (i.e. Topical Aluminum Chloride, Intradermal injection of Botulinum toxin type-A) and surgical treatments – a surgical procedure to reduce sweat glands, done on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia – that vary in their therapeutic efficacy, side effects, cost, and duration of effect.
Other treatment options include prescription antiperspirants, iontophoresis (a treatment that uses a mild electrical current to block sweat glands), etc. It’s recommended to discuss these options with your Aesthetic doctor to determine the best course of action for your individual circumstances.
Dr Nouf Al Raeesi, Aesthetic Medicine Doctor, the founder of Estelaza Clinic & Beverly Hills Specialty Center, UAE, comments:
As we see, hyperhidrosis can be a challenging condition to live with, but it doesn’t have to define you, limit your potential, or make you crop happy moments.
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Remember You’re not alone, and you don’t have to let excessive sweating, and auxiliary hyperhidrosis, in particular, hold you back from living your best life. With the right treatment and support, you can manage your symptoms and regain your confidence. If you’re struggling with this condition, make an appointment with your Aesthetic doctor to explore your treatment options.
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1 This content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, treatment, or procedure. Patients results may vary. Safety and efficacy of any treatment may vary from a patient to another. Please refer to your treating physician for more details. 2 Focal hyperhidrosis: diagnosis and management, Aamir Haider CMAJ 2005;172(1):69-78
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