Is severe underarm sweating interfering with daily activities?
Are you afraid to raise your arms in normal situations because of underarm sweat stains? Do you hesitate to buy new clothes because they will be ruined by underarm sweat? Does your severe perspiration dictate your wardrobe? Ask a physician at Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic in Kelowna if BOTOX® treatment is right for you.
When severe underarm sweating gets in the way of enjoying life in the Okanagan – and antiperspirants haven't worked, you may be a candidate for BOTOX® treatment.
Severe Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating (sometimes called diaphoresis), which is a common chronic condition (affecting an estimated 7.8 million people in the United States). Hyperhidrosis can cause dehydration and skin problems. Patients with hyperhidrosis produce an amount of sweat that far exceeds that needed to regulate body temperature. BOTOX® was approved by the FDA in 2004 (it is also approved by the Canadian Government) for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) that is inadequately managed with topical agents. BOTOX® therapy is administered through tiny injections into the underarms to inhibit the release of a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, from nerve cells, blocking the signals that stimulate the eccrine glands to produce sweat.
Clinical Use of BOTOX
Clinical use of BOTOX® is the result of more than 100 years of study into botulinum toxin type A. BOTOX® is one of the world's most versatile and widely-researched medicines with approximately 2000 publications in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals. BOTOX® is currently approved in approximately 75 countries, bettering the lives of patients suffering from such serious or debilitating conditions as cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, strabismus and symptoms of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) when medicines on the skin (topical) do not work well enough. Millions of patients worldwide have been treated therapeutically with BOTOX® over the course of nearly 20 years, and Allergan is honoring its commitment to these patients through the provision of quality product, patient and physician education, and the continued pursuit of novel neurotoxin-based therapeutics. In the United States, BOTOX® is current being investigated for the treatment of other medical conditions.
BOTOX® is a purified protein that works by blocking overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions or glandular activity. The effect is temporary and lasts from approximately one to six months, depending on the individual patient and indication. BOTOX® therapy should only be administered by a trained and qualified physician.