If you’re one of those people who dread meeting someone new as that means shaking their hand, then you’re not alone. Almost five percent of the population suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of some kind. Most people are familiar with excessive underarm sweating but few people discuss sweating palms or soles of the feet with their healthcare professional.
A lovely 19-year-old girl spoke to me recently, and in passing, while discussing university life, stated that she was too scared to have a partner as she didn’t want to hold hands with anybody. For a moment I was shocked that something so commonly overlooked would have such a huge impact on someone’s life. On further enquiry, she also mentioned that she struggles to write as her pen slips out of her hand, she hates shaking people’s hands and is constantly rubbing her hands on her clothing. When I mentioned that there was a solution and suggested treating her with botulinum toxin, I thought she would never agree as she may perceive it as too extreme. However, as it had such a significant impact on her life, she did agree and we decided to only inject her dominant hand.
Writing is no longer difficult and the dread of physical contact is no longer a concern. This treatment has literally changed her social and work life.
The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and gradually wears off over time. Most people would repeat the treatment every six months. Costs vary from $400-1,100 depending on the number of units required and whether one or both hand is treated.
If this sounds familiar and you are concerned about excessive sweating, I hope that this inspires you to discuss this with a qualified health care professional.
If you are interested in learning more about botulinum toxin treatments for hyperhidrosis or any of the wide range of cosmetic treatments available at Clinic42 please contact us to arrange a 30-minute complimentary nurse consult. Alternatively, call and book with one of our four cosmetic physicians, who will be happy to discuss your concerns, and the best treatment approach for you.