|Underarm Botox to Reduce Sweating|
Do You Have Excessive Sweating?This is a problem for a significant portion of the population and is due to overactive sweat glands. Many people are embarrassed in public because of underarm sweating and stains on their clothing. Some are self-conscious because they feel they have an odor associated with the sweating. There is help for these people.
How is excessive sweating (otherwise known as Hyperhidrosis) diagnosed?
This diagnosis can only be made by a medical professional, but there is a scale called the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS) that can guide you in determining if you have this condition.
Choose the response that is correct for you.
1) My sweating never interferes with my daily activities and is never noticeable.
2) My sweating sometimes interferes with my daily activities but is tolerable.
3) My sweating frequently interferes with my daily activities and is barely tolerable.
4) My sweating always interferes with my daily activities and is intolerable.
A score of 3 or 4 indicates severe hyperhidrosis. A score of 1 or 2 indicates mild or moderate hyperhidrosis.
This same scale can be used to help determine your response to treatment and also to determine when re-treatment is appropriate.
How can you treat excessive sweating?
In the past, treatment was limited to antiperspirants that are often ineffective in these patients or surgical intervention. Over time, various remedies have been proposed including herbal preparations but there is little evidence that these remedies truly work.
Botox is FDA approved for the treatment of underarm sweating when antiperspirants have failed.
Will Insurance cover Botulinum toxin A treatment of your excessive sweating?In these economic times, this is an important question. In many cases, insurance will cover this treatment. However, it may require persistence on your part and may require filling out extra paperwork. There is little chance a plan will cover the treatment if you have not failed more conservative therapy.
How long does the treatment last?
Every patient is different but studies have shown that 50% of patients still had symptom control 6.5 months after therapy. Many patients have symptom relief for as long as 1 year.
How much does a treatment cost?
This is variable and you should contact you provider for a quote. It can range from 750.00-1,000.00.
Can areas other than underarms be treated?
The FDA approval is for underarm sweating but it has been used to treat excessive hand sweating as well and can be life changing for certain patients.