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Excessive Sweating Treatment

Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis can be troublesome. The underarms are most frequently affected, with palms and soles of feet being next in line. Other areas of the body may also sweat excessively like the forehead. Sweating of the underarms can stain clothes and cause a strong body odour to develop

1. WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING?

Anti –perspirant is often used. If this fails, iontophoresis or Botulinum Toxin Injection are more effective. Recently there are heat and light devices to permanently control excessive sweating. One of them uses microwave technology.

2. HOW DOES BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTION WORKS?

For excessive sweating on the underarms or palms or forehead, botulinum toxin injections is helpful and may be life changing for some individuals.

The injection works by reducing the activity of the sweat glands by stopping the nerve transmission to the glands. The area to be treated is first anaesthetised using an anaesthetic cream to reduce your discomfort. Lots of small injections are used to cover the area.

There may be bruising and soreness which will subside within a few days. You can resume normal activities immediately.

Usually the effect begins in a few days and increases for a couple of weeks. Depending on the amount of medication used and individual variation, the effect usually lasts between some months and a year with the average being 7-8 months. Sweating gradually returns after this time. The degree of sweating reduction will also vary with the dose and individual variation.

3. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

The commonest side-effects are pain at the injection sites and bruising. If the hand is injected there may be transient mild weakness especially in hand grip or in picking up fine objects.
 
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290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com
 
...................................................
290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com