How to Stop Excessive Sweating

How to Stop Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is estimated to affect 1-3% of the UK population.

Sweating is a normal bodily function that occurs when your body temperature rises, this could be during exercise or exertion. However,  those suffering from hyperhidrosis find themselves sweating excessively while running daily errands, affecting their confidence daily, and sometimes leaving them embarrassed to even leave the house.

At London City Skin Clinic, we are committed to providing you with treatments that bring ease to your life and your mind. That is why we have created a guide on what causes excessive sweating, symptoms to keep an eye on, and how to seek treatment.

What causes excessive sweating?

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is caused by overactive or faulty nerve signals that trigger the body’s sweat glands at the wrong times. There is no confirmed medical cause for Hyperhidrosis, however some medical professionals believe it can be caused by a sudden emotional or physical fright, or genetic factors.

Hyperhidrosis can also be the result of underlying medical conditions like diabetes, menopause, thyroid problems, nervous system disorders or an internal infection. It can likewise be triggered by medications including certain antidepressant prescriptions and hormonal tablets.

There is no need to panic if you are experiencing sudden signs of excessive sweating, unless it persists for longer than six months, is having an adverse effect on your mental wellbeing, or is accompanied by other symptoms.

London City Skin Clinic understands that Hyperhidrosis can impact your self confidence and daily life. Dr. Robby Bajaj is committed to providing you with impactful treatments that put your comfort first.

Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is described as excessive sweating that is not caused by heat, physical exertion, anxiety or stress.

It usually occurs on the hands, face, feet and underarms. You may have Hyperhidrosis if you experience one or more periods of heavy sweating per week, or if you are susceptible to unexplained sweating in your sleep.

The condition can be generalised or located in specific areas of your body. Often there is no odour, just a large volume of clear liquid that appears without provocation.

When to contact a medical professional about excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

If you experience any of the following symptoms then you must seek immediate attention from your general practitioner:

  • Sweating impacts your daily routine
  • You experience social withdrawal or emotional distress
  • You experience unexplained sweating at night
  • You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
  • Excessive sweating is accompanied by dizziness, cold skin, a rapid pulse or pain in the chest, throat, jaw, arms or shoulders

Even if you don’t notice any of these symptoms, excessive sweating can cause an increase in anxiety and disruption to your daily life so it is important to get it treated.

How to minimise excessive sweating

If you are experience excessive sweating, then you could try:

  • Wearing loose fitting clothing
  • Avoiding wearing synthetic fabrics
  • Using stronger/prescription antiperspirants

However, these are only temporary measures and not permanent solutions. It is better to seek medical advice if your life is being impacted by Hyperhidrosis.

Medical Treatments

Medical Treatments


Hyperhidrosis can be treated with an oral tablet to block the nerves that trigger sweat glands. This is only effective in certain cases.

Side effects include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bladder weakness

Prescription creams and wipes

Prescription creams contain glycopyrrolate which eases sweating around the face. Wipes that contain glycopyrronium tosylate which reduces the symptoms of excessive sweating in the feet, hands and underarms.

Side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Skin irritation


If the impact of excessive sweating is particularly severe then your GP may recommend surgery to remove sweat glands.

Surgery may seem appealing because it is permanent but it carries risks.

Side effects include:

  • Infection in the treated area
  • Loss of feeling in the underarm
  • Dry skin
  • Permanent scarring
  • Compensatory sweating


Botox prevents and diminishes excessive sweating along the brow line and armpits by blocking the nerves that trigger sweat glands. When this is applied correctly, patients experience efficient results for up to 6 months with minimal discomfort.

Botox is a type of medical aesthetic that can only be accessed if it has been prescribed by a medical professional.

Side effects include:

  • Temporary bruising and sensitivity

If you’re seeking the revolutionary impact of Botox then you are in safe hands at London City Skin Clinic.

Dr. Robby Bajaj is committed to providing you with the highest level of care possible. Please feel free to alleviate any worries at your consultation appointment, or at any time during the procedure.

Hyperhidrosis treatment

London City Skin Clinic offers a Hyperhidrosis treatment specifically designed to bring back your confidence by reducing excessive sweating.

If you are suffering with Hyperhidrosis and it is causing you to withdraw socially or lose confidence in yourself, then book an appointment with London City Skin Clinic today. We understand that you may feel embarrassed but we guarantee your comfort and ease of mind throughout the full treatment process.

Dr Robby Bajaj has over 12 years experience in medical aesthetics and is committed to providing you with the highest quality treatment, care and products on the market. For more information on what is included in your treatment, take a look at our Skin Treatment Price List or Contact our Skin Clinic today.

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