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What could excessive sweating be doing to your body?

Excessive sweating is common. A jacket can hide its effects but there’s still the discomfort itself and resulting odour. Winter, with sharp temperature changes between inside and outside, can make it hard for the body to stabilise without sweating profusely. Social and stressful encounters can result in further discomfort. Of course, medical conditions, the side effects of medications, menopause, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, diet and genetics play a significant part in cases so a visit to the GP should often be the first step for anyone considering treatment for Hyperhidrosis.

However, what people often don’t realise is just what excessive sweating is doing to the body, beyond the visible.

Your body

As your largest organ, your skin (around 16% of your body’s weight) is also the front-line for many of your body’s essential functions. Maintaining a healthy balance of water and salts means the body is constantly at work; excessive sweating poses a considerable challenge. A glass of water can have an immediate effect and regular water intake can have a considerable impact on your health in important ways. According to Dr. Wayne Fichter,50 to 75 percent of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration and many don’t realise. The UK could well present a similar picture. As soon as the body starts to lose more than 2-3% of its total percentage of water dehydration begins. The signs abound.

Dr. Dave Carpenter, author of Change Your Water, Change Your Life, listed some common symptoms of chronic dehydration, which is greatly exacerbated by excessive sweating:

  • Joint Pain or Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Acid-alkaline Imbalance
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Asthma and Allergies
  • Weight Gain

Focus on: The Spine

If you are suffering from any spine or joint problems, water could dramatically improve your situation. The spine and joints face a lot of stress and unfortunately when the rest of the body needs water it is taken from the spinal area.

Focus On: Odour

An unpleasant effect of excessive sweating is body odour. Sweat itself is odourless but bacteria on the skin goes to work breaking it down. The chemicals released in this process lead to the disagreeable odour. Of course, regular clean clothes and a good antiperspirant go a long way in mitigating and reducing sweating and its effects but not all our bodies are governed solely by rationale. Many of us need additional help.


Many people find it hard to regularly drink water so keep a bottle by your desk and have alongside every meal. If you are drinking alcohol, make sure you regularly ask for tap or bottled water throughout and after. Furthermore, gym/exercise clothing shouldn’t ideally be worn again without washing.


Hyperhidrosis Treatment at The Private Clinic

An effective treatment for excessive sweating is available at The Private Clinic; Botox.

Botox or Botulinum toxin is more commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but it is also  frequently used on patients suffering with excessive sweating.

Botox for sweating treatment involves botulinum toxin being injected into the armpit and works by blocking the transmission of the nerve impulses to the sweat glands which as a result decreases the amount you sweat/perspire.

Botulinum toxin injections will not cure hyperhidrosis and patients will need to have repeat treatments every 6 to 12 months but it has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating.

Botox for sweating is available in our clinics in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

It is very important you only seek hyperhidrosis treatment from a fully trained and qualified aesthetic professional. Our team of cosmetic nurses and doctors have years of experience and have treated many patients to help reduce excessive sweating.

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To find out more about hyperhidrosis treatment at The Private Clinic, call call 0333 920 2471 or use our excessive sweating online contact form to request a call-back.

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