Axillary hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes your underarms to produce excessive amounts of sweat. This condition can cause you to feel awkward and embarrassed when you are spending time with your family members, colleagues, and friends. As this problem continues to affect you, you might become isolated and lonely. At Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, North Carolina, we can treat this frustrating condition with Botox.
Is Hyperhidrosis Curable?
Sweating is a natural bodily function that helps to control your temperature when you are exercising or spending time in hot weather. If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis, you may sweat during inappropriate situations. For example, you are likely to produce large amounts of sweat when you are socializing with friends, relaxing, or spending time in moderate climates. This problem can cause you to develop social anxiety, stained clothing, and other problems.
A New Solution
If you have been dealing with this issue for a long time, you might believe that there is no way to cure your sweating issues. Fortunately, this belief is not correct, and you don’t have to spend the rest of your life dealing with this frustrating health condition.
Botox is an injectable product that can be used to treat axillary hyperhidrosis. In addition to improving your wrinkles, this product can be used to reduce excessive sweating. When we inject this product into your body, it will alter the behavior of the sweat glands under your arms. As your glands react to this product, your body will begin to produce less sweat.
A Long-Lasting Treatment
Although the results of this product are not permanent, receiving Botox injections may improve your sweating issues for a long time. In fact, your sweating problem may improve for up to two years.
What Methods Can Be Used To Diagnose My Sweating Problem?
Your medical provider can use several different methods to determine whether you are suffering from excessive sweating.
A Physical Examination
Your medical provider is likely to perform a physical examination of your body. He or she may also ask you about the situations and environmental factors that cause you to sweat excessively.
Your healthcare provider may also order laboratory tests to measure the performance of your thyroid gland and other bodily functions. These tests will help your medical provider determine whether another health issue is causing your sweating problems.
You could also be asked to perform an iodine-starch test. During this test, a special iodine solution will be applied to your underarms or other areas where you sweat excessively. As this solution dries, your healthcare provider will put starch on your skin. This mixture of iodine and starch will turn blue if you have developed sweat in this area of your body.
How Does This Injectable Product Reduce My Excessive Sweating?
This injectable product uses an ingredient called botulinum toxin to reduce your excessive sweating. When we inject this solution into your target area, the solution will stop your nerves from sending signals to the sweat glands under your arms. Blocking these signals will decrease the amount of sweat that your underarms produce.
What Steps Should I Follow Before My Appointment?
Since this anti-sweating treatment is straightforward and minimally invasive, you will not need to make major changes to your usual routine. However, we will probably ask you not to shave your armpits for two to three days. In addition, you might need to avoid taking blood-thinning supplements and medications before you receive this anti-sweating treatment.
What Will My Anti-Sweating Treatment Be Like?
We will perform your anti-sweating treatment at our office in Charlotte. After we have cleaned your skin, we will quickly inject this product into your body. You will receive multiple injections in your target area.
This anti-sweating treatment is very quick and gentle. After you have received your injections, you’ll be able to leave our office and continue with your usual routine.
When Will My Excessive Sweating Improve?
Since your nerves and sweat glands will take some to react to this injectable product, you should not expect to see immediate changes in your sweating. In general, your excessive sweating will begin to decrease after about two to seven days. You should see significant improvements within two weeks.
How Can I Maintain My Dry, Sweat-Free Skin?
Your initial injections are likely to improve your excessive sweating for four months to two years. As your body processes this product, your sweat glands will begin to function again, and your underarm sweating will increase.
You can maintain the benefits of your initial anti-sweating treatment by getting follow-up injections. It’s common to receive these maintenance injections once your initial injections start to wear off.
Will Insurance Pay for Me To Receive Botox Injections?
Since hyperhidrosis is a medical condition, your health insurance may cover the costs of your injections. However, your provider may require you to use other anti-sweating treatments, like prescription antiperspirants, before you receive Botox. To determine whether you have met the coverage requirements for this treatment, you should contact your insurance agent.
Control Your Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating will cause you to feel nervous when you are performing duties at your workplace and spending time with your friends and family members. Botox can be a great way to reduce your excessive sweating. To learn more about the benefits of this anti-sweating treatment, contact us at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC.