Excessive Sweating

(Hyperhidrosis)

Click the links below to find out about the Hyperhidrosis treatments we provide at the Medical Skin Lab.

Anti-perspirantsOral medicationBotulinim Toxin (e.g. Botox®)IontophoresisCognitive Behavioural TherapySurgery (ETS or Sympathomectomy)

Anti-Perspirants

The first line treatment for Excessive sweating is the use of specially formulated anti-perspirants. These treatments actually reduce the production of sweat but are different to deoderants, which only mask the odour. Anti-perspirants can be obtained on prescription from your GP (NHS or Private) or over the counter at any Pharmacy. The most effective brands contain aluminium chloride and include Anhydrol Forte®, Driclor®, PerspireX® and Odaban®.

Oral Medication

There are certain medications that are helpful adjuncts for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, especially when the whole body is affected. Our clinic can provide you with such prescriptions to augment and compliment other treatment options for optimal results. The clinic can also advise you about switching your current medication regime if it is likely to exacerbate your symptoms.

Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) Treatment

This is a relatively simple but life-changing procedure for Hyperhidrosis. The treatment takes about 15 minutes and involves multiple small injections into the affected areas. The medication usually takes 3 days to start taking effect, and we can guarantee your symptoms will improve. There are very few side effects and patients can return to work immediately after, if they wish. This is the most popular treatment in our clinic as it is safe, highly effective and lasts anywhere between 4-12 months, depending on the individual.

Although the treatment is slightly uncomfortable, the area can be numbed with creams, applied to the area 45-60 minutes prior to treatment. However, most patients prefer not to use the creams, as it is simply more time-convenient.

The cost listed includes your initial consultation, assessment and treatment consisting of the area of your choice. You are also entitled to a complimentary review appointment and “top-up” if the initial dose did not have the desired effect. Please note “top-ups” are at the discretion of the Doctor and may incur a fee.

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Iontophoresis

This treatment option can be helpful for excessive sweating of the palms and soles of the feet. During the procedure, a very low electrical current passes through trays of shallow water then through the skin. The procedure has few side effects, but needs to be repeated regularly to be effective. At your consultation, the Clinician can refer you Iontophoresis centres or advise about machines for self-purchase.

CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is useful in those cases of Hyperhidrosis that are related to anxiety. It is also helpful when the condition has impacted the quality of life of the sufferer causing problems with self-esteem, confidence and social isolation. Our clinic can refer you to a trained Psychologist who can help create a therapy programme for you.

Surgery

This is usually reserved for the most severe cases of Hyperhidrosis that have not responded to other treatments. The surgery is called ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy) and is carried out under general anaesthetic and involves removing the parts of the nervous system that control sweating. Thankfully most patients will respond to the treatments listed above, however if this is not the case our clinic can refer you on to reputable surgeons.

Pricing

The cost of a consultation is redeemable against the following treatments with Botox®. Please contact the clinic for a quotation:
Forehead, Scalp, Armpits, Groin, Breast folds, Back, Feet and Hands