22.01.21

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Sweating can be embarrassing for anyone – even if you don’t have the medical condition, hyperhidrosis. But for those who do suffer from this excessive sweating problem, it’s good to know what your triggers might be and how to go about treating it.

In this post, our Inverness skin clinic has the low-down on hyperhidrosis and detail how to get this condition under control. We’re here for our patients – so if excessive sweating is getting you down, you’ve come to the right place.

What are the triggers and causes of hyperhidrosis?

For the average person, there are lots of factors that can affect how much you sweat, such as exercising, hot weather, certain foods and drinks, or stress. In those with hyperhidrosis, there doesn’t always seem to be a logical cause – because the condition is caused by overactive sweat glands. However, some illnesses and problems can go hand-in-hand with excessive sweating, including diabetes, the menopause, thyroid problems and even certain cancers.

How do I know if I have hyperhidrosis?

A doctor’s diagnosis is always essential, but some signs may point to the condition. These include night sweats (with no apparent cause), sweating more than usual, sweating that disrupts your routine and sweating that affects your mood or causes you to avoid social activities.

How can I manage excessive sweating?

It’s really important to get a handle on your hyperhidrosis. Those who have excessive sweating problems are more likely to develop skin infections – and, of course, the condition itself is difficult to live with. Incredibly, a popular anti-ageing treatment most commonly associated with ‘freezing’ lines and wrinkles can also be used for medical purposes, and can help prevent the sweat glands from producing too much sweat. We offer this excessive sweating treatment here at our Inverness skin clinic, though as it’s a prescription-only medicine, it’s essential you are assessed before treatment, to ensure it’s right for you.

What about self-management?

Although anti-ageing treatment is very successful at tackling hyperhidrosis, there are a few things you can try at home. Making a note of foods that can trigger the condition can be helpful, and it’s a good idea to take a look at your skincare products to check nothing is exacerbating your sweating. The team at our skin clinic can make some recommendations on this too.

How do I book my excessive sweating treatment?

You’ll have to attend a consultation first. For details, visit our contact page, and we’ll be in touch!

Where can I find out more about hyperhidrosis?

We always recommend reputable medical websites, such as the NHS, healthline and WebMD. Of course, you can always get in touch with our skin clinic too, here in Inverness, and get the condition under control.