Sweating is necessary to control body temperature during times of exercise and in warm/hot surroundings, sweating is a normal response to a rise in temperature or anxiety. It can occur in many different areas of the body, and the condition is known as Hyperhidrosis, which means ‘excessive sweating’. It affects both sexes equally, and all races.
Hyperhidrosis is not a temporary condition. Many people who suffer from it have suffered for many years, often from childhood or sometimes from adolescence. Hot or cold, the sweating is constant, and the impact of hyperhidrosis can be severe. You may constantly worry about wetness and staining of clothes, freshening up, using absorbent pads or sticking with loose black or white clothes.
Botulinum toxin type A, commonly known as ‘Botox’, is a treatment given by injection into the skin. It is licensed in the UK for treating localised hyperhidrosis of the armpits. Botox is a preparation of protein which, when small doses are injected into the skin, blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
This form of treatment is not a cure for general hyperhidrosis, however if applied in a localised areas the effects are very noticeable.
Are there any adverse effects?
In a small number of cases there may be some localised bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site. This usually disappears very quickly.
Treatments using Botox have been used for thousands of patients over the last 15 years and have an excellent safety profile.
How long does it last?
The treatment is not a long term cure for hyperhidrosis, it will only provide temporary relief. It needs to be repeated every three to six months for maximum effect.
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