Do you have severe underarm sweating? How does up to 201 days of drier underarms with 1 treatment sound?

Sounds amazing, right? That’s the kind of relief you can experience with Botox for hyperhidrosis treatments with Dr. Thomas and his providers at Park Primary Care in Evergreen Park.

The Scoop on Sweat

When is sweat too much sweat? For some people, sweating can go into overdrive. Severe underarm sweating, also known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, is a condition in which the body sweats more than it has to in order to regulate body temperature. The severity of the condition is based on the extent it interferes with your daily activities.

What’s considered “normal” sweating?

There is no “normal”! Some people just naturally sweat more than others, so it is best to not compare yourself with other people.

Are antiperspirants and deodorants enough?

Not always. Over-the-counter and prescription antiperspirants are 2 of the first options people with severe underarm sweating try. These products work by blocking sweat ducts and reducing the amount of perspiration that reaches the skin. Deodorants help control body odor and are typically used in addition to antiperspirants.

  • Do you change your clothes multiple times a day due to underarm sweating?

  • Do you carry extra supplies to help you manage symptoms of underarm sweating?

    (such as extra clothes, antiperspirants, powders, or towels)

  • Do you avoid certain fabrics or clothing styles and/or put absorbent materials under clothing?

  • Have you been treated with any prescription antiperspirants, powders, or deodorants to control your underarm sweating?

Do these examples above sound like you?

If so it's time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas and his providers to talk about BOTOX® for Hyperhidrosis.

If so it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas and his providers to talk about BOTOX® for Hyperhidrosis.

How does BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis work?

BOTOX® temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, severe sweating is reduced.

Where does the sweat go?

Sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because it’s simply not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Sweat will continue to be produced elsewhere.

Preparing for your appointment:

The more you prepare for your consultation, the better so that our providers at Park Primary Care can understand the extent of your severe underarm sweating. We suggest compiling a list of important information to share including:

  • Treatments you’ve tried and how well they’ve worked for you, including antiperspirants, deodorants, and powders, along with any herbal or “alternative” remedies
  • Any supplies you carry (such as extra clothes, antiperspirants, powders, or towels) to help manage symptoms of underarm sweating
  • Details such as: How old you were when you first noticed excessive underarm sweating, how many times a day you change your clothes due to severe underarm sweating, and how often you think about your sweating during the day
Does my insurance cover BOTOX® for Hyperhidrosis Treatments at Park Primary Care?

In most cases, yes! Many insurance authorization requests for BOTOX® treatment are approved once you have used topical medications and they did not work well enough. Remember, approval is not automatic and not all insurance plans cover treatment. However, many patients are pleased to find out their insurance plan covers all or most of their BOTOX® treatments.

To find out if your insurance covers BOTOX® please contact your insurance company and inquire with them. Since everyone’s insurance plans are different be sure to ask them specifically what is necessary for reimbursement.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does Botox for Hyperhidrosis last?

In a clinical study, patients had drier underarms for up to 201 days, or 6.7 months though individual results may vary.

How effective is Botox for Hyperhidrosis?

BOTOX® is proven to work. A clinical study found that: 57 out of 104 patients treated with BOTOX® (55%) achieved an effective response, compared with only 6 out of 108 not treated with BOTOX® (6%) . Also, 84 out of 104 patients treated with BOTOX® (81%) achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating, compared to only 44 out of 108 patients not treated with BOTOX® (41%) Individual results may vary.

What is it like to get a Botox treatment?

During your treatment your Park Primary Care provider will make 10 to 15 small injections into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact our office and request a follow-up consultation.

What happens after a Botox treatment?

Once treatment becomes effective, you will have a significant reduction in sweating. Individual results may vary. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed, and you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact our office and request a follow-up consultation to be evaluated.

Dr. Thomas also sees Medical Botox patients for Chronic Migraines and Cervical Dystonia.

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    BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) Important Information

    BOTOX® is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older.

    It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION BOTOX® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX®:

    • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months
    • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities

    There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect away from the injection site when BOTOX® has been used at the recommended dose to treat severe underarm sweating.

    Do not take BOTOX® if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

    The dose of BOTOX® is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product.

    Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. These reactions include itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you experience any such symptoms; further injection of BOTOX® should be discontinued.

    Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and respiratory compromise (difficulty breathing) from typical doses of BOTOX®.

    Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you: have or have had bleeding problems; have plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk).

    Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX® with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® in the past.

    Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take anti-platelets (aspirin-like products) or anti-coagulants (blood thinners).

    Other side effects of BOTOX® include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes.