Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. People can suffer from hyperhidrosis in the armpits, forehead, or palms and soles. The excessive sweating can be very obvious as large sweat stains on clothing or dripping areas of skin. For those effected, it can be socially embarrassing and effect ones abilities to function.
Non-invasive treatments include strong anti-perspirants such as Drysol (available in drug stores) or Iontophoresis home units. These treatments can offer partial control but do require ongoing treatment.
Dr Weichert offers Botox injections for armpit and hand (palmar) hyperhidrosis. This treatment is very impressive and effective at shutting off the sweating mechanism for 4-6 months. Repeat treatment is required to maintain the effect. Dr. Weichert will map out the exact area of sweating and inject the medication with a series of very small needles. Most people find this a fairly comfortable procedure.
Many work related insurance plans (like Blue Cross or Great West Life) cover the medication cost. The Botox medication is a prescription and both armpits or hands require 100 units (~$400 medication cost). Patients are provided a prescription and bring the medicine to the office on the treatment day. The injection cost is $250. Botox for hyperhidrosis is not covered under the MSP (BC medical insurance).
Patients can be seen for consultation without fee if they have been referred by their family doctor. Referral is not required however ($80 consultation fee applies). Consultation will not include treatment but the treatment can be arranged within 1-2 weeks.
To book a consultation, contact us at [email protected] or at (250) 740-2125.