Hyperhidrosis Treatment London
Hyperhidrosis is a medical term to define overactive sweating. This means sweating more than it would normally be required to regulate your body temperature. It is a very common problem and its cause is still not really well understood . While not a life threatening illness it nevertheless does severely impact people’s quality of life, confidence and even performance at work. The severity of hyperhidrosis can be very simply assessed by the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale HDSS. You can rate yourself as follow:
1 pt -My sweating is never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities
2pts– My sweating is tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities
3pts– My sweating is barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities
4pts– My sweating is intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities
A score of 3 or 4 indicates severe hyperhidrosis. A score of 1 or 2 indicates mild or moderate hyperhidrosis.
The HDSS can be used to follow the efficiency of your hyperhidrosis treatment . A 1-point improvement in HDSS score has been associated with a 50% reduction in sweat production and a 2-point improvement with an 80% reduction.
(ref: A Comprehensive Approach to the Recognition, Diagnosis, and Severity-Based Treatment of Focal Hyperhidrosis: Recommendations of the Canadian Hyperhidrosis Advisory Committee, Dermatologic Surgery, August 2007, pages 908-9230)
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) has revolutionised the treatment of this embarrassing problem. It works by blocking the release of acetylcholine which is the messenger between the nerve and the sweat gland. The gland does not receive any order. It stops working and you stop sweating.
Similar to the effect on facial wrinkles this anti-sweating effect is temporary because your body will rebuild functioning connexions between nerves and glands. This effect can last 6 to 8 months so you can relax and perform for that period of time.
Technique : quick and simple , botox is injected into the dermis,exactly as for a facial procedure. The quantity used for underarms hyperhidrosis is just higher than for the face.
Hyperhidrosis treatment london doctor:
London- Consultations- Appointments Dr Thierry Vidal . 25-27 George Street W1 London Tel: 020 7486 5134
- Safety and prolonged efficacy of botulinum toxin in hyperhidrosis Clin Ter. 2014; 165(6):e395-400. doi: 10.7417/CT.2014.1780. S. D’Epiro, L. Macaluso, M. Salvi, C. Luci, C. Mattozzi, F. Marzocca, V. Salvo, M. Scarnò, S. Calvieri, AG. Richetta Dermatology Clinic, ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, Italy
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