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Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)


What is hyperhidrosis?

It is a condition where an individual suffers from excessive sweating; it commonly involves the underarms (armpits/axilla), palms of hands or soles of the feet. The degree of sweating is disabling and distressing to the individual.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

Often no cause can be found (idiopathic). In 30-50% of individuals affected it occurs in another family member (genetic link). Disorders of the nerves that are associated with the affected area. It can be associated with conditions such as thyroid disease; chronic infection; diabetes and excessive alcohol intake.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work in hyperhidrosis?

The exact mechanism isn’t known. However the injections prevent the excessive release of sweat from affected areas.

What does treatment involve?

The areas to be treated are cleaned and marked out. The affected area is then injected with minute amounts of solution.

You may feel a slight stinging sensation / discomfort during the procedure. This discomfort can be minimised by ‘icing’ the area for 5-10 minutes before treatment.

There is virtually no discomfort after the procedure. Occasionally small pin-point bruises may occur, but resolve in a few days.

You can resume normal activities immediately after treatment (e.g. return to work; exercise etc).

How soon after treatment does sweating decrease?

You may notice an initial decrease in your sweating after 3-4 days. However, the full affect takes up to 7-14 days (1-2 weeks) to occur. Sweating is reduced for 6-7 months on average; although it may be relieved anywhere between 4-12 months. After this the sweating slowly starts to increase again. It is possible to have subsequent treatments.

How effective is the treatment?

Sweating is a normal bodily function. When it is excessive, as in hyperhidrosis, the aim is to reduce sweating to a level which is no longer distressing and disabling to the individual. Some sweating will still occur, and after treatment wears off (6-7 months) it will slowly return to its pre-treatment levels.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost for the treatment of both underarms (axilla) is $1,300 + GST (total cost $1,430)

There is no Medicare rebate for this treatment.

What are the contraindications?

You cannot have this treatment if you are pregnant or breast feeding.