Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition where there is excessive sweating caused by overactive sweat glands. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when it is cool or when they are at rest. It usually affects the hands, feet and underarms (axilla)
This is a common condition. This uncontrollable sweating causes significant physical and emotional stress as well as frequently leading to social avoidance.
The first line treatment is the use of strong anti- perspirants which contain 10% to 20% aluminum chloride hexahydrate. These work by plugging the sweat ducts. However these can be irritable to the skin and stain clothing.
Under arm fillers are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to be used in the treatment of excessive underarm sweating. Small doses of this purified substance is injected into the axilla which temporarily block the nerves that stimulate sweating.
The procedure is simple and safe. Before the treatment is carried out, the affected areas are cleaned and dried and lightly dusted with powder to identify the areas with highest activity. The protein is then injected in about 25 small different points to ensure good coverage. No anaesthesia is required and the procedure itself only lasts a few minutes. Most daily activities can be resumed immediately.
Treatment can last up to 8 months. *