What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for daytime excessive sweating of the underarms, face, palms, and/or soles of the feet.

Hyperhidrosis is diagnosed when at least one episode of excessive perspiration occurs per week for more than six months, regardless of cause (stress, anxiety, environmental factors, illness, obesity, medication) and when traditional sweat-control methods are inefficient.

This highly annoying predicament prevents one from feeling at ease shaking hands, participating in certain work- or fun-related activities. A person suffering from hyperhidrosis will be considered by others as either anxious, rude or shy (avoid shaking hands or being too close to people, keeping a jacket on to hide sweaty armpits, needing to wipe palms before a handshake) sometimes clumsy (difficulty to hold slippery objects or playing an instrument) or worse yet, if it gives the false impression that the person lacks personal hygene.

Botox works against hyperhidrosis

Armpit sweating, as well as excessive sweating of feet, hands and/or forehead can be reduced significantly with botox injections (Botox, Vistabel, Dysport). This treatment has been carried out for years with excellent results, and is FDA approved.

Botox manages to block the sweating-inducing receptors for approximately 4 to 9 months.

After the effect has gone, sweating resumes progressively. Another treatment can be undertaken again when necessary with no adverse reactions.

It is frequent to favour a botox treatment before Summer, when sweating is itensified by temperature, but it can in fact be carried out all year round.

Local anaesthesia is needed for hands and feet.

Useful tips

Hyperdidrosis (excessive sweating diagnosis) identified by a MD is usually covered by medical insurance. Please refer to your insurance policy to check whether or not your treatment will be reimbursed.