If you are suffering from excessive underarm sweating, you should talk to your doctor. It is very likely that s/he decides to treat your excess perspiration with Botox injections to block nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.

Surgical treatment of the sweat gland may sometimes have an annoying side effect – busting a sweaty leak elsewhere on the body. However, this is not the case with botox injections. The worst side effects you may experience is redness, pain and bleeding at the injection site, inflammation of the throat, flu syndrome, headache, fever, neck or back pain, itching, and anxiety.

Botox injections cost between $700 and $1000 but you should also check if your insurance would cover it. Around 85% of healthcare companies cover the costs of BOTOX® if used against excessive sweating.

Botox is not for everyone. You need to report to your doctor if you are

• you are allergic to BOTOX® neurotoxin product or anything in the preparation
• you have a neuromuscular disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, motor neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome
• you have an infection at the intended site of injection
• you are taking antibiotics or other drugs, such as curare, that may interfere with neuromuscular transmission
• you are being treated with any other medications

You should feel the effects (reduction in sweating) of the botox injections within 4 weeks of your first treatment. If you are still sweating, it’s likley that some of the sweat glands may have been missed. In that case, you should contact your healthcare provider and request a follow-up consultation.

Botox injections are not a cure. The symptoms will reappear in the following three to five months and then you will have to repeat the treatment.