Excessive Sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Treatment takes approx. 100units of anti-wrinkle product
- Can take up to 40mins to perform
- Ideal not to shave the area prior to treatment
- Can go back to work after treatment
- Lasts up to 6 months
- Underarm treatment will also stop clammy hands
The effect of hyperhidrosis—excessive sweating—can be truly damaging to the psyche of a teenage boy. Afflicted young men in high school and college often hide their bodies under layers of clothing and avoid interaction with their peers and the opposite sex.
As adults, the shame-based behaviour continues. The sweaty once-boys-now-men set up barriers between themselves and other people, shying away from socialising with colleagues or broadening their personal networks.
Men and boys with perspiration problems are having an especially tough time of it this year. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has data showing that this summer will be the hottest on record. As a result, there are a lot of wet underarms and stained shirts out there, and a growing number of red-faced fellows looking for a strategy to keep dry and odour-free.
We hope this information will help them find the help they need.
Why You Can Sweat Too Much
Your body’s sympathetic nervous system uses sweat like a thermostat. When your body temperature rises too high, the sympathetic nervous system sends a “production order” from the brain to the millions of sweat glands in your body. As the sweat comes to the surface, it cools your skin, reducing body temperature.
But in some cases, your body’s self-cooling system gets out of whack, and your brain signals sweat glands even when your body temperature isn’t elevated, causing excessive sweat. Most cases of excessive sweating are harmless and caused by everyday factors including
- Excess body weight
However, excessive sweating should not be ignored, as it can also be a warning sign of diabetes, thyroid problems, or an infection. That’s why, when men come to us to help them tame their sweat for appearance and comfort reasons, we always take the time to determine whether there is an underlying medical cause.
What Men Can Do for Excessive Sweating
Until relatively recently, these have been the treatment options for men whose sweat glands were making their lives miserable:
- Antiperspirants – Over-the-counter and prescription antiperspirants in the form of lotions, roll-ons, and sprays can help control some of the symptoms temporarily.
- Iontophoresis – This option involves the use of low-level electrical impulses that temporarily disable sweat glands and prevent them from functioning.
- Medications – Some prescription drugs exist that can disrupt the activities of sweat glands
- Surgery – A surgical solution called sympathectomy involves cutting a nerve in the chest that triggers excessive sweating or surgically removing some of the sweat glands.
Injectable Treatments for Male Sweat Problems
More recently, non-invasive injectable treatments are being used to treat excess sweating. The science behind these injectable solutions is a chemical process. The treatment involves several injections in the armpits that block the neurotransmitter that stimulates the sweat glands, essentially paralysing them.
Injections can be administered in our offices. The treatment requires relatively little time, and does not require any restrictions in work or leisure activity. What makes this treatment especially appealing is that the benefits can last for up to eight months…long after summer has turned to winter.
For severe cases of sweating—medically referred to as hyperhidrosis—Medicare may cover the majority of the injectable treatment for you. To see if you can benefit from this rebate, please give us a call and make a time to have a consultation.
If you want to discover more about options and costs for controlling excessive sweat, learn how injectable treatments are performed at our offices, and get an overview of what happens at your first consultation, please contact us through our Facebook page or email us directly at [email protected]
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