Sweating is our body’s normal mechanism to cool itself, but some people produce more sweat than is needed for cooling – called Hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating may be due to an underlying medical condition such as Diabetes, Menopause hot flushes, over active thyroid, medication adverse effects etc. That’s why you see your GP.
Dr Fred Fotouhi will help you to make sure that Hyperhydrosis is not related to a systemic medical problem. Then he will provide you a few treatment options including Botulinum toxin type A injections.
This has been found to be effective for Hyperhidrosis of the armpits. Botulinum toxin stops the sympathetic nerves (which normally control sweating) from stimulating the sweat glands, and the effect may last between 4 and 12 months. Side effects are generally minimal but may include pain at the injection sites and compensatory sweating in other areas.
Botulinum toxin type A injections have also been used for hyperhidrosis of the palms and soles, although this treatment is more complicated. Local anaesthetic is generally required for these injections, and side effects from botox injections to the palms may include temporary weakness of the hand muscles.
The cost of this procedure vareis from $750 – $1000 depends on the complexity of the procedure and the volume of toxin needs to be administered.