BOTOX ® for Hyperhidrosis
There is Hope for Excessive Sweating.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is a disorder that defines individuals who sweat more to maintain optimal temperature. It affects approximately 3% of the population; about 950,000 Canadians.
Focal hyperhidrosis is the term used to describe sweating that occurs in specific areas of the body.
The most commonly affected areas are:
- Underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis)
- Hands (palmar hyperhidrosis)
- Feet (plantar hyperhidrosis)
- Face (facial hyperhidrosis)
As it could seriously affect quality of life (a simple handshake or embrace could become anxiety-provoking experiences) , many sufferers seek out treatment so as to minimize its impact on emotional, social and physical well-being. Excessive sweating may damage the skin, promote infection or cause unpleasant odours. Moreover, it could be costly and inconvenient.
Botox is the only prescription medicine which is approved by Health Canada for the treatment of HH. It is highly effective and safe when used correctly by a specially trained doctor. The procedure is simple as well; a small amount of drug is injected intradermally using a very fine needle.
The BOTOX® neurotoxin treatment 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 excessive sweating stops. The drug only affects the areas where it is injected, sweat gland in other parts of the body, therefore, function regularly.
Treatable areas: Underarms, hands, infra-mammary folds (below breast), feet, forehead, inguine.
The benefits of a single treatment last about seven months.