Don’t Sweat It – Your Insurance Carrier May Foot The Bill
Article by Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
It’s normal to perspire, but if you suffer from hyperhidrosis you know how embarrassing and frustrating it can be to live with overactive sweat glands. This condition is usually localized, most commonly affecting the underarms, but also the hands or feet. Heat, stress, hormones and exercise can aggravate this condition.
The first treatment option is usually ointments or salves prescribed by a physician to dry up these glands. Prescription antiperspirants such as Drysol are another common remedy. Injecting Botox into the affected areas is the newest treatment option. Similar to its effect on frown lines, Botox relaxes nerve endings and decreases the transmission of the nerve impulses to the sweat glands. Several injections of Botox are advised for the best possible results, but the good news is symptoms are relieved for up to 12 months. Even better news is Botox as an antidote for hyperhidrosis is now covered by most health insurance carriers.
Call your office to get proper documentation necessary for approval and confirmation regarding your specific coverage.