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How to fix your sweaty pits. Not everyone looks forward to a heatwave.

Sweating is totally normal, we all do it. It is healthy to sweat in order to help regulate your body temperature and cool you down.

Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that's not necessarily related to heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that you need to change your clothes several times in a day or reapply deodorant numerous times. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment.

The sweat glands in people with hyperhidrosis are overactive, or as I like to say, like faucets that won’t turn off. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary (also known as primary focal) and secondary (also known as secondary generalized). Primary hyperhidrosis happens when the nerves that control your sweat glands become overactive. Secondary hyperhidrosis is the result of another medical condition (like diabetes, menopause, thyroid issues, and certain types of cancer), or a side effect of a medication regimen. The most common affected areas are hands, feet, underarms and face/head, but people also can have groin and even full-body sweating.

Hyperhidrosis continues to be a taboo subject partly because those of who have it are too ashamed to talk about it or are very busy hiding it. 

Some Simple Facts about Hyperhidrosis:

1. Hyperhidrosis affects every single aspect of lives, from clothing to career choice.

A lot of people think those with hyperhidrosis are just sweaty, but really, the condition affects every detail of their lives—from the things they do to the things they avoid. Some prefer black clothing (even in summer), breathable cotton, and wicking fabrics. Silk and satin are basically off-limits, and clothes made from polyester, nylon, or spandex-hell no! as they can trigger to sweat more since they aren't very absorbent.

2. No, seriously. Puddles, Puddles, Puddles. Hyperhidrosis is not constant. So while you may have an occasional drier day— you’re usually struggling on a daily basis. Episodes are hard to measure. Sometimes you sweat for five minutes when walking from your car to the shopping centre in the heat (but we’re talking pools of sweat, not the amount an average person would who also gets hot in the summer).

Almost anything can set off the waterworks. Be it, standing in line, having to shake someone’s hand, hot weather, cold weather, job interviews and public speaking.

But here’s what else can make some sweat… doing absolutely nothing!!

3 There’s a difference.. You’re nervous because you’re sweating not sweating because you’re nervous. Seriously, no one needs to point out the sweaty person in the room- they’re alarmingly aware. They are aware because they are desperately trying to conceal it. If you see them wearing all-black clothing, long sleeves in the summer, it doesn’t mean they’re oddballs. It means they’re trying to hide their condition. They don’t want to walk around with sweat stains and have everyone glare at them.

4. It takes a lot of moxy to go through life as a jumper. Going through life is hard enough. It takes an extra amount of courage to show up in the world when you’re sweating.

5. Luxury fabrics are a NO-NO, because you’ll ruin them. There’s no sense in buying expensive clothes if you’ll stain them with sweat marks. Hyperhidrosis makes it difficult to embrace fashion for those fashion lovers.

6. Hyperhidrosis can be isolating. Hyperhidrosis is often socially, professionally, and emotionally isolating. It drastically impacts quality of life and daily functioning. You may skip events because your hyperhidrosis prevents you from having a good time.

7. Sweating makes you feel really, really ashamed. Hyperhidrosis is under-recognized and under-treated largely in part because people are too embarrassed to speak up and seek help. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Simply Skin Clinic are offering treatment using Botox®. Botox® for hyperhidrosis is not a cure and will not permanently stop excessive sweating. It will however provide temporary relief for up to 6 months.

The sweat glands in the skin are triggered by a nervous impulse. The nerve impulses may tell the gland to produce sweat when you are too hot or perhaps when you are nervous. When Botox® is injected into the affected area, the toxin blocks the chemical messenger sent to your nerves thus stopping the nerve from triggering the sweat gland. Botox® blocks the nerve endings and so sweat cannot be produced.  Sweating will return after 3 to 6 months as the effects wear off. The treatment can then safely be repeated. Results can vary from person to person.

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