The treatment for Hyperhidrosis in the underarm is multiple superficial injections in the whole area of the underarm with Botulinum Toxin Type A (Bta) The Bta affects the transmission of messages which signal the gland to sweat. Results can last up to 6 months and can be very effective in reducing the problem by up to 80%. The medicines used are Botox or Bocouture and at the initial treatment 100 units will be administered.
The procedure is quick and the patient experiences mild discomfort, numbing cream can be applied 30 minutes before the procedure if required. Once the initial treatment of Bta is administered the patient is invited back to review the results if the patient is still, experiencing more than 40% reduction a test called the minors starch-iodine test is performed.
Frequestly asked questions
Hyperhidrosis what is it ?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating there are no guidelines to determine what “normal” sweating is, but if you feel you sweat too much and your sweating has started to interfere with your everyday daily life
- you don’t take part in activities, such as dancing or exercise, for fear they will make your sweating worse
- you’re having problems with normal daily activities, such as driving
- you’re spending a significant amount of time coping with sweating – for example, frequently showering and changing your clothes
- you become socially withdrawn and self-conscious
What is the cause of Hyperhidrosis ?
In many cases, hyperhidrosis has no obvious cause and is thought to be the result of a problem with the part of the nervous system that controls sweating. This is known as primary hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis that does have an identifiable cause is known as secondary hyperhidrosis. This can have many different triggers, including
- pregnancy or the menopause
- certain medications
- low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
- an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
Who is affected ?
Hyperhidrosis is common and affects males and females, It’s been estimated to affect between one and three in every 100 people which means there are likely to be hundreds of thousands of people living with it in the UK. Hyperhidrosis can develop at any age, although primary hyperhidrosis typically starts during childhood or soon after puberty.
You should consult your GP if your are experiencing the excessive sweating as a new symptom to ensure that there are no underlying issues which need attention.