Excessive sweating is also known as hyperhidrosis and is caused by overproduction of sweat in various parts of the body, most commonly under the arms, palms of hands and soles of the feet. Although anyone who suffers from this finds it an embarrassing and frustrating problem, it can be actively managed with botulinum toxin A injections with fantastic results which patients find life changing.
Excessive sweating is caused by an overactive ‘sympathetic’ nervous system and causes sweating to occur at inappropriate times and far more than is required for the body to maintain normal body temperature. It affects about 1% of the population, both sexes and all races. The emotional and social impact of excessive sweating is huge for the person suffering with many expressing symptoms of loneliness, depression and decreased confidence.