Used mainly for underarm sweating botulinum toxin works by blocking the nerve impulses to sweat glands, and this stops them producing sweat.
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Botulinum toxin injections (“Botox®”)
Botox® injections for excessive underarm sweating
Evidence suggests that the average is 9 months with 30% of patients still seeing effects at 1 year.
Further injections can be given when symptoms return although repeat injections are not recommended within 16 weeks.
The treatment is quite painful.
A series of tiny injections of the toxin are given just under the skin in the hair bearing area of the armpit.
The treatment can take up to 1 week to work and the effects can last anything from 4 to more than 12 months.
Common side effects
Increase in sweating in other areas, hot flushes, and injection site reactions.
Uncommon reactions include weakness of the arms, pain in joints or muscles of the arms and itching which may be associated with a rash..
There have been rare reports of serious allergic and occasionally fatal reactions associated with the use of botulinum toxin.
There is no information available on long term complications, nor on how many times the treatment may be safely repeated.
Botulinum toxin is contraindicated
The information contained on this website is intended as a guide only, it is not intended to substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.
Please see your doctor with any questions regarding personal health or medical conditions
What is hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is a natural process necessary to control body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis is the term used for excessive sweating that can be due to many different medical conditions including an overactive thyroid gland, the menopause, diabetes mellitus and obesity.
Where there is no apparent underlying medical cause for your excessive sweating it is called primary hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis usually starts in childhood or during adolescence and continues throughout life. It affects about 1% of the population. Hyperhidrosis can affect one or more areas of the body, particularly the underarms, feet, hands or the face.
Axillary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the underarm area resulting in wet patches and staining on clothes. Sufferers may have to change their clothes several times a day. Stressful situations can make the situation worse.
Botox® should not be used during pregnancy and it is not recommended during breast feeding
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