Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating of certain parts of the body. The most common areas affected are the armpits, hands, feet, face, and head.
It is estimated that this problem affects up to 10% of the population. The majority of patients suffering from hyperhidrosis report that it affects their self-esteem and interpersonal relationships.
What are the causes?
There are two types of Hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common. It is caused by an imbalance in the control of the sweat glands by the nervous system. Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by certain medications or medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid gland disorders, etc.
How can it be treated?
The first step is to test more concentrated antiperspirants. If there are aggravating medical factors, these must also be treated.
Treatment with Botox microinjections is an interesting and effective option for cases that do not respond to antiperspirants. This treatment is approved by Health Canada for patients 16 years of age and older. Most private insurance companies cover the cost of this treatment.
What results can I expect from Botox therapy for hyperhidrosis?
Most patients experience an 80% or greater reduction in sweating. Results develop over a period of 4 to 10 days. The average duration of the benefit is 6 to 8 months. Over time, many patients experience an increase in the duration of benefits. Some patients even manage to get rid of it eventually.