Localised hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) often begins in the adolescent years and can affect the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis), palms and soles (palmar plantar hyperhidrosis) & face and scalp (craniofacial hyperhidrosis). It is an idiopathic (of unknown cause) condition which is very common and lifelong. It often goes undiagnosed and under treated due a lack of awareness of the condition and its treatment options.
Craniofacial sweating (excessive sweating from the scalp and face) is effectively treated with sweat stopping botulinum injections, where the scalp and forehead can be injected and lead to a very significant reduction in sweating lasting 3-4 months. This treatment is performed by Dr Tony Caccetta at Perth Dermatology Clinic.
Oral anticholinergic medications may also improve craniofacial hyperhidrosis, however can be limited by side effects or their inappropriateness for long term use.
Medicare rebates are not currently available for this treatment, however Private Health Insurance rebates may be sought.