Newest Review: ... myself. Looking at me you'd never know I was a sufferer - until I wore clothing showing my sweat patches. I tackled most days with sleev... more
Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis worth it, or not?
Member Name: alia_87
Advantages: decreased sweating if done by a reputable doctor
Disadvantages: expensive, may not work
Ever since I was a teenager, all I remember is sweating horribly. I'm a skinny girl, so my problem was never my weight. However, I did sweat more than anyone else I knew. It came to a point where I would have to hand wash the yellow patches from my white school shirts every night. I would be too scared to take my jumper off in class, and yes, I was ridiculed by nasty bullies.
People seem to think sweating is a personal hygience issue - Ignorance. However I tried everything.
I kept my underarms clean, always wore deodrant, carried wet wipes, yet nothing worked.
Whilst in my teens and early to mid 20's my boyfriends made fun of me, not understanding the issue. My confidence was minus 110%. I would stress out at work, and stay away from any interaction with colleagues, always running to the bathroom to give my underarms a quick wipe. I can honestly say, I was disgusted with myself. Looking at me you'd never know I was a sufferer - until I wore clothing showing my sweat patches.
I tackled most days with sleeveless tops, so no one could see the sweat stains. I'd literally sweat sitting at my desk. This severely drained me mentally and physically.
My first step to helping myself was by buying the aluminium roll ons. None of these worked for more than a week. Some even itched and burned so bad.
I then went to the doctors, who advised I needed a blood test in case there were underlying issues that needed to be tackled. Nothing was found, so I went to another doctor for a second opinion, who literally stuttered for words. Oh she had been trained on botox injections, however, here in Scotland, the nhs do not pay for treatment. So she got out her medical book, and went through the list of options I could try. Most of them were the roll ons, and she advised botox was way too expensive for me.
She then gave me Zeasorb powder to put on my underarms. This was her "alternative" to roll ons.
My heart sank when she handed me the prescription. The lack of knowledge the doctors had, disappointed me a lot.
It didn't work, and I knew it wouldn't.
This left me with no hope. People don't realise how much the sufferer goes through with a condition like this. It may not be physically harmful, but the sufferer feels it 1000 times over mentally.
I decided to get botox, did my research and went for the treatment. A needle was placed in my underarms about 15 times. As the doc numbed my underarmed before treatement with a cream, I hardly felt anything. Just a slight pinch and I didn't even bleed! After about a week (5-7 days) my underarms were dry during the day! I was ecstatic! I would get a slight sticky patch every now and again but it wasn't anything to worry about. I FINALLY felt happy to be normal. I was sceptical however, so I took my time buying coloured clothing. Colours like pink and yellow, and blue - with sleeves!
My new found happiness did not last. I started sweating again after 3 weeks. It wasn't like I used to sweat but the doc who treated me, did advise it would disappear by up to 80%. I was worried it would be back before the 4-6 months were over. Hence waste of money (treatment is expensive) and time.
I started to think nothing would cure my hyperhidrosis, even temporarily. Was it too much to ask?
Then I had an idea. What if I use the aluminium roll on whilst the botox was still in my system? Both combined together may work better than one.
And I can say, its been about a month and my sweating has been controlled so far.
My suggestion to you is, do your research, try and find out if you can get paid treament before forking out hundreds of pounds. Then find out if the clinic is reputable and i'll leave the rest to you :)
Summary: Underarm sweating can't be cured but can be blocked temporarily