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Excessive Sweating? Now There's a Solution!

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that is highly treatable. In fact, getting help is easy. Check your health coverage - you may already be covered for treatment. Many employers offer extended health benefits through their insurance plans. Learn more about hyperhydrosis at

What is hyperhidrosis?

Everyone sweats, but for some people it's way beyond what an antiperspirant can handle. If your excessive sweating has you changing your clothes at work, dreading a handshake or choosing clothes because they won't show sweat stains, it could be a medical condition called hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhyidrosis is a disorder that makes you sweat more than you need to. In primary hyperhyidrosis, the cause is unknown and can affect specific areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet and/or face. Other factors such as diabetes, menopause, nerve damage and some medications can also cause excessive sweating, called secondary hyperhyidrosis. Your doctor will need to do a full exam to arrive at a diagnosis.

Your quality of life is important!

Hyperhyidrosis is not a life-threatening condition, but it can seriously affect your quality of life. Besides being a big inconvenience and costing you money, hyperhyidrosis can cause skin breakouts, unpleasant odours and promote infection. It is estimated that 910,000 Canadians are affected by some form of hyperhyidrosis.

Why me?

Producing some sweat is not a bad thing - in fact, sweat is necessary to keep your body at a healthy temperature. With hyperhidrosis, however, you produce way more sweat than your body needs. The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is still a mystery, but what is known is that the nerves that control the sweat glands become overactive.

Taking control of excessive sweating

The good news about hyperhidrosis is that it can be successfully treated. There are a number of options, but there's no single 'right' way to treat hyperhidrosis. You have taken the first step by discussing your condition with your doctor.

Treatment options

  • Focal Injections interrupt the signal from the nerves to the sweat glands
  • Topical Treatments such as aluminium chloride hexahydrate, inhibit sweating
  • Oral Medications treat the underlying conditions
  • Iontophoresis involves applying a low-intensity electric current to the affected areas
  • Surgery severs the nerves that cause excessive sweating.

BOTOX® works!

BOTOX® focal injections are an effective way to treat excessive sweating. In one study of excessive underarm sweating, 95% of patients experienced an average reduction in sweating of 83% in one week.Plus, the effect lasts up to seven months on average.2 BOTOX® is the only prescription medication approved for the treatment of hyperhidrosis.

BOTOX® safety

BOTOX® is deemed safe and effective when used corretly by a specially trained doctor. BOTOX® has been used for many years to treat other conditions and has been approved in Canada to treat muscle spasms affecting the eyes, neck and limbs, as well as muscle spasms in children as young as two years of age with cerebral palsy. The long-term safety of the drug is well proven. Please see safety information.

BOTOX® treatment is simple

The procedure for BOTOX® treatment is a simple one. A small amount of the drug is injected intradermally to the affected area using a very fine needle. The needle is placed just under the skin and any discomfort is minimal. You may also choose to have a local anesthetic applied to the area before the injection if you are concerned about needles. You should notice a significant reduction in sweating in the treated areas within a week of treatment.

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