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hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis

  • about Hyperhidrosis
    How Do Hyperhidrosis work?

    Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator, a way in which our bodies cool down. Many individuals suffer from excessive sweating, a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis. In severe primary axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis, sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements for cooling. It is a fairly common problem that can be limited to the underarms but can also affect the face, back, palms and soles of the feet. Usually an inherited condition, hyperhidrosis can affect those who suffer from it on a social, functional, and emotional level.

    There are several products and treatment options available to assist individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis.

    BOTOX® treatment is approved by the FDA to treat the symptoms of severe hyperhidrosis when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough. BOTOX® is injected into the affected areas and works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.

  • Post-Treatment Instructions
    After treatment

    After receiving treatment with BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis the area(s) treated may appear slightly more irritated on day 2, with a gradual decrease in irritation each day. You can expect local redness and/or swelling which can last approximately 2-5 days in duration. You are instructed to cleanse that area(s) gently, twice daily with antibacterial soap, until the area no longer appears to be inflamed (2-5 days). After cleansing, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream (i.e. Polysporin) to the treated area.

    Avoid the use of antiperspirants or body creams for 48 hours post treatment. Also, refrain from “high sweating” activities such as running, aerobics, weight lifting etc., for 48 hours as well.

    If any red or swollen areas appear to be worsening, apply a saltwater compress to the area. You can do so by measuring out 1 tsp of salt and adding this to 8oz of hot water. Soak a clean cloth in this solution, making sure the water is not too hot when applied to the skin. Apply the compress to the affected area for 10 minutes, twice daily, each day until the redness and swelling subsides.

  • FAQ
    Frequently asked questions

    What is Hyperhidrosis?
    Hyperhidrosis is a condition where sweat glands are excessively stimulated to produce more sweat. This is usually a familial condition.

    What body areas are mostly affected?
    Axillary hyperhidrosis- this is excessive underarm sweating. other areas of the body that could be affected are hands feet and face.

    What treatments are available for hyperhidrosis?
    Botox injections into the affected area are the most effective form of treatment when cost, side effects and duration of effect is taken into account.

    How long does botox treatment for hyperhidrosis last?
    Six months to a year.

    Does Botox for hyperhidrosis hurt?
    There could be a mild sting involved with the injection however the therapist would normally use a topical anesthetic ointment that would alleviate this.

    Are there any side effects?
    Very small doses are used, and correctly administered not significant side effects have been reported.

    Is it covered by insurance?
    Botox is an approved treatment for hyperhidrosis and most plans cover the treatment. There is also a program available where the first treatment with botox is covered by the producer.

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