Botox isn’t just for wrinkles – it can be a successful treatment for those who are bothered by abnormal levels of sweating.
If you notice that you sweat more than your family and friends, you keep topping up your deodorant throughout the day, or find them next to useless as an anti-perspirant, and end up changing your clothes several times a day as well; then you may suffer from excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used when diagnosing the condition of excessive sweating.
It is estimated that hyperhidrosis affects around 3% of the global population. It can affect both men and women, often starting after puberty or in adolescence, and commonly manifests on the hands, feet, face and under the arms known as the axillary area. This is the area that mostly bothers people when they sweat too much as it’s often very noticeable – sweat marks on your clothes, issues with body odour and a constant feeling of wetness, all of which can be socially crippling.
Those diagnosed as hyperhidrotic don’t even need the type of environments that many of us, without the condition, require in order to get hot and sweaty; it’s just something that happens all the time. So, being in situations such as crowded places, public transport, hot offices or even with heighted anxiety such as when you are placed in stressful work or social situations mean that the symptoms of hyperhidrosis can be ten times worse for a sufferer. All of this can be a real downer on a person’s confidence and limit their ability to live their life to the full.
But, hope is not lost. There is help available, and treatment options, including Botox, which can help you to manage and control excessive underarm sweating.
NHS or Private
If you visit your GP or local Doctor about excessive sweating, it is very likely that your only options available via the NHS will be stronger anti-perspirant products (some of which have additional side effects), medication or iontophoresis, a kind of electrical stimulation treatment. Most people with hyperhidrosis find that after trying these, and discovering them to be unsuccessful in the main, they turn to private treatment.
During a consultation with our experienced medical practitioner at Hilton Skin Clinics in Reading, we will make sure that we can understand how sweating affects your daily life. We will perform some tests to establish exactly how much you sweat in order to diagnose the condition. Following this evaluation, treatment options can be discussed, one such treatment which may be an option for you is Botulinum Toxin or Botox® injections.
Botox works by blocking the signals from the nerves in the axillary area to the sweat glands (called eccrine glands). By blocking this communication channel, the sweat glands are prevented from producing sweat. Over time the connection is restored and treatment much be repeated – botulinum toxin treatments are therefore not a cure for hyperhidrosis, but they do offer relief for a period of 3 to 6 months before we will need to treat again.
Treatment involves assessing where the sweating occurs most profusely so that the area can be accurately targeted. Then, small injections of the botulinum toxin can be applied to target the nerves and sweat glands beneath the surface of your skin to stop the over production of sweat. Treatment takes a few days to a week to start to work and will last for several months; the amount of time varies per individual, but you’ll need repeat treatments a couple of times a year. All our patients say it’s worth it for the freedom is brings back to their lives, the wardrobe of clothes it opens up to them and the money they save on over buying deodorant and replacing ruined, stained clothes.
Many people worry that if you stop the sweat from under the armpits then you will just sweat from somewhere else, which could be even more embarrassing – this is not true so don’t worry, the act of sweating elsewhere, called compensatory sweating is very rare indeed. Your body can still regulate your temperature, so stopping the excess sweating from under your arms will not cause any imbalance.
If you’d like more information about treatments for excessive sweating, then please contact Hilton Skin Clinics in Reading today to book a consultation.