How Can I Control Overactive Armpit Swetting?
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Treatment for excessive armpit sweating
Currently the available treatments include Botox, MiraDry, and minimally invasive techniques such as thermae RF or precision TX which use either radiofrequency or laser treatments to heat up and kill t the sweat glands.
Treatment for armpit swetting
Botox or miraDry
1. Botox. You will require 40-50 units under each armpit. It lasts 3-4 months for most people (despite company claims of 6.3 months), HOWEVER with repeated treatments, it can last up to 12 months. I conduct 5-6 treatments of Botox for HH per day, and find that duration of euhydrosis (no sweating) extremely variable.
2.miraDry- you will require 2 treatments spaced 3 months apart. It is not as good as Botox (Botox is like a light switch- either you sweat, or no sweat, some people have reduction of sweating.)miraDry on the other hand gives you 80+% sweat reduction. The advantage of miraDry is that its a permeant treatment - unlike Botox.
3. The very very last resort is ETS surgery- not recommended due to side effects such as rebound or compensatory sweating. Up to 50-60% of patients will have this problem.
Hope this helps
Dr Davin Lim
Hyperhidrosis expert dermatologist
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In 2004 Botox was FDA approved for treatment of hyperhidrosis. Botox temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, when glands don’t receive the signals, the severe sweating stops. Although it is not a cure for severe underarm sweating, treatment can last up to 6 months and some of my patients only return once a year for treatment.
After treatment you will notice a significant reduction in your underarm sweating within 4 weeks, your symptoms will gradually return over time and that is how you know you it’s time for another treatment. Consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see if this treatment is right for you.
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