What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that’s characterized by excessive sweating. All human beings produce sweat to cool the body and regulate temperature. Excessive sweating happens when the nerves that control sweat glands become overactive, resulting in the body’s inability to normalize sweat function.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis

Primary Hyperhidrosis

(Focal hyperhidrosis) is excessive sweating that typically occurs in localized areas such as the hands, underarms, face or feet without any apparent cause or underlying medical condition.

Secondary hyperhidrosis

(Generalized hyperhidrosis) is excessive perspiration in larger areas of the body, possibly due to natural causes such as being in a warm environment, or because of a medical condition or medication.

BOTOX® is highly effective at alleviating the symptoms of primary hyperhidrosis. It works by temporarily blocking communication between the nerves and sweat glands. A quick 15-minute appointment can reduce excessive sweating under the arms, hands and feet in about 7 to 14 days.

Areas That Can Be Treated for Excessive Sweating

  • Underarms
  • Feet
  • Face
  • Hands
  • Forehead

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FAQ’s

A. Excessive sweating can significantly impact your self-confidence, particularly during social interactions and stressful situations. Neuromodulators like BOTOX® can help you manage excessive sweat production and greatly improve your quality of life.
A. Once the neuromodulator takes effect, you can expect excess perspiration to be reduced for 6-12 months. Regular maintenance treatments will ensure that your sweating remains under control.
A. When performed by a qualified and experienced physician, side-effects are extremely rare. You may experience some temporary muscle weakness (if injected in the hands), or bruising at the treatment site. These normally resolve after several days.
A. You will feel tiny needle pricks during the procedure. Most patients are able to tolerate the treatment quite well without the need for anesthetic. If you’re particularly sensitive, however, you can request a numbing agent to be applied prior to treatment, or take acetaminophen one hour before to further minimize any discomfort.
BOTOX® treatment for hyperhidrosis may be covered by OHIP. Furthermore, neuromodulators are typically covered by most private drug plans although it’s always best to check with your provider in advance. The physicians at MD Skin Lab will be happy to answer any questions relating to hyperhidrosis treatment during your consultation.

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