What to do if you sweat too much
By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS
INLIV offers a non-surgical treatment for those who sweat too much
Sweating is the body’s natural method of cooling itself so it’s normal that during warmer weather, people perspire a bit more. But for the estimated 952,000 Canadians who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), the sweating doesn’t always stop when the temperature dips, and it can cause serious anxiety.
Normally, an individual may produce almost one litre of sweat per day. That may sound like a lot yet it’s barely noticeable, evaporating quickly to provide a cooling effect for the body. But for those suffering from hyperhidrosis, the effects of excessive sweating can cause stress, shame and embarrassment.
Therapeutic injections can be a game-changer in helping temporarily curb excessive sweating quickly and effectively.
According to Allergan, 79% of people suffering from hyperhidrosis said that the condition limited them at work. “Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition and its impact is highly emotional. It can really destroy a person’s confidence,” notes Dr. Wendy Smeltzer, medical director at INLIV in Calgary. “Often clients come in to see me concerned about the negative impact hyperhidrosis can have for them professionally. They’re making presentations, attending meetings or going to job interviews and are concerned about sweating excessively. It’s nerve-wracking for them and that stress only makes it worse. Therapeutic injections are an easy solution to help manage the problem.”
A typical hyperhidrosis treatment involves multiple small injections in the underarm area. Patients should notice relief within a week, and the effects last from approximately six months to a year, depending upon the individual. Patients who have received Botox for hyperhidrosis have reported a significant improvement in their quality of life, specifically, improvement in emotional status, a reduction in the number of times they have to change their clothing each day and an overall ability to participate in daily and social activities.
Patients who have received Botox for hyperhidrosis have reported a significant improvement in their quality of life
Patients who have received Botox for hyperhidrosis have reported a significant improvement in their quality of life, specifically, improvement in emotional status, a reduction in the number of times they have to change their clothing each day and an overall ability to participate in daily and social activities.
INLIV’s injectable treatments for hyperhidrosis can be costly given the number of injection points, however most private healthcare plans will cover most of the medical treatment. Often the patient is only out of pocket for the injection fee with the medication fee being covered by insurance. It should be noted that the patient is usually required to pay all costs for the treatment when it is administered and then file their benefit claim for reimbursement of the medication cost.
95% of private plans cover this hyperhidrosis treatment
And for patients who are not covered by their healthcare provider, Allergan may assist with the first treatment. “95% of private plans cover this hyperhidrosis treatment. If the private third party plan does not cover the treatment, then Allergan will cover the cost of the drug only, and only for the first denial of treatment from the third party plan”, advises an Allergan representative.
“The Allergan program is a wonderful way to allow first-time guests who are denied coverage by their insurance provider to have the treatment and appreciate how effective it is. It’s important for people to check with their insurance provider first before seeking their consultation and hyperhidrosis treatment as there is specific paperwork required in advance for those needing Allergan’s Access Program”, notes Smeltzer.
Nervous about that big presentation at work or that special event? Relax, and wear whatever you like, after our injectionable treatment for sweating.
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Hyperhidrosis assessment and treatments are available by appointment at INLIV in Calgary. Treatments are administered by Dr. Wendy Smeltzer, Dr. Chris Pezarro and Dr. Osei-Tutu. To reserve your consultation, call 403.538.8881, X2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org