What is excessive sweating? 

If you experience chronic excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet or face you are not alone. At least 3% of the global population suffers from this medical condition called hyperhidrosis. 

The exact cause of hyperhydrosis is unknown, but it is thought to be a physiological condition that stops the body from properly regulating its temperature. There does seem to be some factors that trigger it, these may differ between individuals but can include:

  • Hot weather
  • Spicy foods
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

How to manage excessive sweating?  

Although there are no cures, the good news is that our dermatologists at the Dermatology Institute of Victoria can help to control your hyperhidrosis. A good tip is to take some general lifestyle measures to reduce the signs of hyperhidrosis such as wearing loose, cool clothing made of fabric that is designed to absorb sweat and not promote odour, as well as the use of specially formulated antiperspirant deodorants, either prescription or nonprescription.

At the Dermatology Institute of Victoria a common form of treatment is the use of sweat reducing injections and for eligible patients the Australian Government provides a Medicare rebate when the condition is treated using sweat reducing injections administered by a properly trained and registered Dermatologist which we have at the Dermatology Institute of Victoria. 

Alternative treatments may include: 20% aluminium chloride hexahydrate, iontophoresis or oral medication.

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