A recent survey conducted by The Whiteley Clinic has shown that 59% of British men frequently put off seeking medical advice for up to a month after they first notice a problem.
In contract to this, 48% of women wait no more than seven days before booking an appointment with their General Practitioner in order to get their health complaint addressed professionally.
Interestingly, when asked the question ‘what condition would you be most embarrassed to speak to a medical professional about’, 46% of men stated adult acne – saying they felt it was embarrassing that this was something they still had to deal with post puberty.
For women, it was excessive sweating that topped the poll – with 49% of women saying that they would dread talking to a doctor about this as it is not considered to be a very ‘ladylike’ problem.
Excessive sweating is medically known as hyperhidrosis.
It is interesting to note that excessive sweating has come out on top as the problem that women are most embarrassed about. It is a lot more common than people would imagine and many people come to see The Whiteley Clinic for treatment.
Botulinum toxin (more commonly known as Botox) can be injected into the underarm area to reduce sweating by approximately 75 to 80%. The Botox binds to the nerves that control sweating in the skin and reduces the sweating for between four to six months. The procedure takes around 30 minutes for both underarms to be treated. It is a simple and safe procedure but one which must be carried out by a fully trained medical professional. Post treatment, patients may experience very minor bruising but this reduces over the following few days. Sweating will start to reduce between two and ten days after the treatment. The treatment can be safely repeated when excessive sweating returns.
Laser Sweat Ablation is a permanent solution to the problem of excessive sweating. It is a laser procedure, which is performed under local anaesthetic and destroys the eccrine glands from where the sweat is produced, whilst causing little damage to the skin as possible.
The procedure is walk in walk out and takes around an hour to perform. Full recovery takes approximately two weeks.