Botulinum toxin can be injected into the skin of areas affected by hyperhidrosis. The injection helps to reduce sweating by blocking the signals that come from the brain to the sweat glands. Probably the most popular and well known of these injections of course is BOTOX®.
If you take this option you will inevitably end up with around 15-20 injections to the affected area. Areas treated can include the hands, feet, underarms or face. The procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes in total. It’s highly important to get this done by someone reputable. The governing of Botox and who can administer it is different depending on the country and the different states of the USA. Take time to do research and make sure you discuss it with your physician.
Botulinum toxin injections are not a total cure, but they will temporarily cure Hyperhidrosis. The effect of the injections usually lasts for 3-4 months, after which time the treatment can be repeated when required.
The side effects of botulinum toxin (botox) injections can include:
Most of these side effects are short-term and/or will get better as the effect of the injections start to wear off.
Lucky people in the UK may be able to get this treatment on the NHS, depending on your local authority. It’s also possible to get this privately and the cost will vary depending on the body part. You can expect to pay upward of £150 though.
In the USA the use of Botox has been approved by the FDA for use on people with primary axillary hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms – caused only by the sympathetic nervous system). You will have to check your insurance for claiming this treatment, as fewer are covering this type of treatment.
For further reading on BOTOX® and it’s use for Hyperhidrosis in the USA, there is a variety of information on the FDA website, including Prescribing information.
If you wish to have these injections for other body parts in the USA you will need to do your research and find a reputable physician to carry this out for you. The International Hyperhidrosis Society is a fantastic source to find a physician near you. Costs will vary but if you work on an approximate $500 per underarm it will give you an idea of the costs associated with this treatment.