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If you're one of the "unlucky ones" who has a problem with excessive sweating, you know full well the problems associated with this condition because it affects nearly 100% of the choices you make about almost anything you do.
Medically termed hyperhidrosis, uncontrolled sweating is caused by an over-activity of the sweat producing glands. The most concentrated areas of sweat glands are in the armpits, groin, palms of the hands, soles of the feet and on the face, making these body areas the most prone to problems.
Once you've exhausted the prescription topical antiperspirants, treatments for hyperhidrosis are very limited. Surgery was once considered a viable option but carried risks and later it was discovered that the body would "compensate" for the removal of sweat glands by causing even heavier sweating in the areas where the other glands remained.
The medically favored treatment for controlling heavy sweating and hyperhidrosis is Botox. By blocking the signals to the sweat glands, sweat production slows dramatically - and takes with it the misery of soaked shirts, ruined silks, embarrassment, missed social functions, isolation and avoided promotions at work. " Don't be afraid to ask for something that helps change your life for the better. I'm really pleased I can offer Botox to my patients. It's the best antiperspirant on the planet." Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD : Quote on KTLA News
Project Sweat Free A Public Awareness Program for Women who suffer from Excessive Perspiration.
For someone who is forever worried about raising their arms, hugging a loved one, talking to a group of people, playing a group sport, or simply engaging with friends at a dinner or get together, Botox is a very simple - but very huge - solution.
From a doctor's perspective, it's simply the best antiperspirant on the planet. One set of injections and most people enjoy a respite from excessive sweating for an average of 170 days. In one study, four weeks after being injected, the percentage of people showing a 50% reduction in sweating was 91% in the Botox group compared with 36% in the placebo group. WebMD : Source FDA
3 Year Study Botox for Sweating Study Results (Saint Louis University School of Medicine : Source WebMD)
BOTOX® is FDA-approved for severe underarm sweating that is inadequately managed with topical agents. BOTOX helps control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands stop receiving chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
BOTOX® treatment is very effective. One clinical study showed that 84 out of 104 BOTOX treated patients (81%) achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating - compared to only 44 out of 108 treated without BOTOX® (41%).
Dr. Fitzgerald on KTLA News - Sweat Control
The procedure is relatively straightforward. A small volume of BOTOX® solution is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. The needle is placed just under the skin, so you may experience some injection-related discomfort. Underarm injections are the most painless. You will receive multiple injections based on the assessment of the area that needs to be treated. You will notice effects in 24 to 72 hours.
Use the Hyperhidrosis Assessment Tool
With a 201 day duration response, 1 to 2 BOTOX injections were sufficient for most patients who responded to BOTOX treatment in the 52-week pivotal clinical study1
The BOTOX ADVANTAGE Program works with a growing number of insurance carriers and healthcare providers to facilitate the reimbursement process. To find out how BOTOX is covered under your insurance plan, call the BOTOX ADVANTAGE Reimbursement Hotline, toll-free, at 1-800-530-6680, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time.
Medical Video Library of Botox Injection Procedures Source Sweathelp.org
Botox for Sweating Study Results (Saint Louis University School of Medicine : Source WebMD)
It's important to remember that you are not alone. Many people suffer from excessive sweating. Read some of their personal stories here.
If you have a loved one who you think has hyperhidrosis, there are ways you can help. Visit the For Family and Friends page to learn more.
To learn about excessive sweating Sweathelp.org
Newsletter on Hyperhidrosis from the International Hyperhidrosis Society SweatHelp.Org
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
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