The same way our bodies shiver when we’re cold, we sweat when we’re warm. These two essential bodily functions are designed to help regulate our body temperature. Unfortunately, roughly 3% of the population suffers from excessive sweating, also known by its medical term hyperhidrosis. This dermatological condition—which is characterized by abnormal amounts of sweating in the underarms, palms, feet or face—can have a profound effect on various aspects of people’s lives. At Refresh MD, we’re able to treat axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).
The impact of hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis can have a serious psychological effect on people. A U.S. national survey found that over half of the people affected by axillary hyperhidrosis feel less confident, and one in five feel depressed. The emotional toll that hyperhidrosis has on people largely stems from the daily embarrassment associated with sweat stains on clothes. They often feel anxious at work or in social settings because they’re constantly worried about needing to change their clothes due to sweat stains. In fact, over 70% of patients with axillary hyperhidrosis report that they are forced to change their shirt two or more times a day due to the sweat stains.
Hyperhidrosis can also cause serious discomfort because of skin maceration, which is an excess of moisture in the skin. This is something we’ve all experienced when we stay in a bathtub for too long and get raisin-like skin wrinkles on our fingers and toes. But for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, the long periods of moisture on the skin can lead to fungal or bacterial infection. This can cause itching or foul odours.
Treatment of hyperhidrosis is challenging. Prescription or specialty antiperspirants are considered the first line of treatment for those suffering from hyperhidrosis. If antiperspirants don’t work, a very effective treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis is underarm muscle relaxant injections, similar to facial muscle relaxants used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Refresh MD has a team of registered nurses who are experienced with treating hyperhidrosis with underarm muscle relaxant injections.
To learn more about this treatment visit our Sweat Reduction page.