Botox treats sweatingBotox for armpits can save your blushes

05 October 2005

The cosmetic treatment Botox may provide welcome relief for people plagued by excessive sweating, says a Which? specialist journal.

Overly sweaty armpits can damage your clothes, hit your confidence and ruin your social life. But until recently, treatments were largely limited to drugs spread on the area, or surgery.

Our sister publication Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) says there is a lack of published evidence for many of the available treatments. But there is some evidence for the effectiveness of Botox injections as an alternative to surgery.

The drawback is that it's expensive and needs to be repeated every six to 12 months. And it may cause side-effects, such as reactions, weakness or pain in the arm, and the long-term safety or repeated injections is unknown.

Dr Ike Iheanacho, Editor of DTB, said: 'Excessive armpit sweating can be intolerable for some people and might not respond to conventional antiperspirants. In such circumstances, armpit injections of Botox might be a suitable option.

'However, it is crucial to bear in mind that the treatment needs repeating, is not without risks and should only be given by appropriately experienced healthcare professionals.'