BOTOX- Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Everyone sweats, but for some people it’s way beyond what an antiperspirant can handle. If your excessive sweating has you changing your clothes at work, dreading a handshake or choosing clothes because they won’t show sweat stains, it could be a medical condition hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder that makes you sweat more than you need to. In primary hyperhidrosis, the cause is unknown and can affect specific areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet and/or face. Other factors such as diabetes, menopause, nerve damage and some medications can also cause excessive sweating, called secondary hyperhidrosis.
When sweating occurs over the entire body, it is know as generalized hyperhidrosis. When sweating only occurs in certain places, it is know as focal hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening condition, but it can seriously affect your quality of life. Besides being a big inconvenience and costing you money, hyperhidrosis can cause skin breakouts, unpleasant odors and promote infection. These conditions are undesirable from both a medical and social point of view. It is estimated that 910,000 Canadians are affected by some form of hyperhidrosis.
Producing some sweat is not a bad thing – in fact, sweat is necessary to keep your body at a healthy temperature. With hyperhidrosis, however, you produce way more sweat than your body needs. The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is still a mystery, but what is known is that the nerves that control the sweat glands become overactive.
Focal hyperhidrosis affects:
- Underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis)
- Hands (palmar hyperhidrosis)
- Feet (plantar hyperhidrosis)
- Face (facial hyperhidrosis)
The good news about hyperhidrosis is that it can be successfully treated! BOTOX® focal injections are an effective hyperhidrosis treatment. In one study of excessive underarm sweating, 95% of patients experienced an average reduction in sweating of 83% in one week. Plus, the effect lasts up to seven months on average. BOTOX® is the only prescription medication approved for hyperhidrosis treatment.
The procedure is simple. A small amount of the drug is injected intradermally to the affected area using a very fine needle. That means the needle is placed just under the skin and the discomfort is, therefore, quite minimal. You may also opt for some local anaesthetic cream if you are concerned about needles. Results take effect within 2 weeks!