Sweating is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. It helps regulate body temperature by cooling the body down when it gets too hot. However some people can suffer from an inherent excess of this which can be problematic.
Axillary hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating of the underarm area. Unfortunately for many people this severe, excessive sweating which cannot be controlled by antiperspirants appears during normal day to day experiences and can be made significantly worse just with mild exertion or a under stressful situation.
Normal social interactions can become embarrassing; just going to work, heading to the shops or to pick your children up from school can leave you feeling upset. Having to change your shirt or clothing several times a day and being restricted to wearing certain colours to lessen the look of the embarrassing sweat patches can leave you despondent.
It is not uncommon to hear of people avoiding social situations and parties and for blushing brides to be worried about “blushing” far too much for all the wrong reasons on their special day!
BOTOX® was approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe underarm sweating in 2004.
It works by reducing the amount of sweat released by blocking the chemical signals controlling the nerves that stimulate sweat production in the armpit area leading to drier underarms.
It is important to mention that underlying medical factors that can also increase sweating in general. Disorders of the pituitary gland or thyroid gland, the menopause and diabetes should be excluded by visiting your GP and that BOTOX® treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis can only be administered in patients aged 18 years or over.
After an in-depth face to face consultation with Dr Anita Dhunna, BOTOX® injections are carefully injected in the under arm area with a very fine needle. For most people the procedure is very tolerable; topical anaesthetics and cold packs can be applied to reduce any discomfort if warranted. Most people are able to go straight back to work and their day to day activities straight away. The results can last on average between 3-6 months but it is not uncommon for some people to appreciate the effects of reduced armpit sweating for much longer.