What is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating, also known as perspiration, is an essential bodily function that helps regulate body temperature.
When perspiration becomes excessive, it is known as “Hyperhidrosis”. It can occur anywhere on the body but most frequently occurs in the axilla or underarms.
It can cause a person to change their clothing frequently through the day.
While this condition is not life threatening, its’ psychological, emotional and social impacts are substantial and take a significant toll on its sufferer.
Hyperhidrosis* is usually caused by overactive sweat glands, however, the exact cause is unknown.
It can also be secondary to other health issues- obesity, diabetes, menopause and thyroid abnormalities.
Botox® can help minimize the problem. When injected into the affected area, Botox® blocks the chemical responsible for activating the body’s sweat glands and can improve hyperhidrosis by 80-90%. The effects can last 5 months to one year (35% of patients) in some individuals.
*Botox for hyperhidrosis is not covered by OHIP but is covered by most insurance plans. Contact your insurance provider to determine if Botox treatment is covered under your plan.