Excessive sweating is said to be troublesome when a person’s sweating becomes uncontrollable and begins to adversely affect the person’s lifestyle and well-being. It can be a substantial burden to afflicted individuals, interfering with daily activities and causing social embarrassment and anxiety. Many people with the condition must change their clothing several times per day.

Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin launched a campaign to educate people on a new alternative to treating hyperhidrosis. Dr. Hazem Kahlout specialises in a safe and effective procedure using either botox neurotoxin and in VASER procedure to treat this medical condition commonly referred to as excessive sweating.

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Excessive sweating is associated with over-stimulation of a nervous system pathway. In certain people heat and stress stimulate this system in an unpredictable pattern, resulting in hyperactive sweat glands. Recent evidence shows that genetics may cause excessive sweating.

The Irish Medicine Board has approved the use of botox for hyperhidrosis treatment. However, botox is not the only brand name of botulinum toxin suitable for the treatment. Other popular brands include Dysport, Xeomin, Azzalure and Bocouture. The toxin is an immune modulator that works by blocking the conduction of acetylcholine, a chemical released by nerves to stimulate the sweat glands. Without this stimulation, the local production of sweat is stopped. The “Med-1 Scheme” covers the cost of this treatment alternative. Even though botulinum toxin injections have only been approved to treat underarm hyperhidrosis, doctors can use it “on named patient basis” to treat other affected areas of the body. It is injected into the affected area, and one series of injections may last for up to nine months.

Hyperhidrosis is defined as sweating in excess of the amount required for the body’s level of activity and temperature. There are two types of hyperhidrosis, primary and secondary. Excessive sweating in the underarm and feet is invariably associated with strong odours.

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