NHS Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis


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If you suffer from severe hyperhidrosis, you may be able to get Botox treatment on the NHS, though its availability is quite limited. If you are hoping to get the procedure done on the NHS, your first port of call should be your local GP. They will assess you, making sure that it isn’t an underlying condition which is causing the excessive sweating (such as a thyroid condition or diabetes) If you are deemed to have primary idiopathic hyperhidrosis (where there is no perceptible cause of the sweating) and your condition is severe enough, you will be referred to a dermatologist. If the hyperhidrosis is fairly mild, your GP might prescribe you strong antiperspirants before recommending Botox treatment.

Once you have been referred to a dermatologist, it is they who will carry out the procedure. They will perform an iodine test on the affected area to determine exactly where you sweat the most.  They will then administer the injections of Botox, with the whole procedure taking around 45 minutes.

You should bear in mind that because the treatment is very limited on the NHS, you may be on the dermatologist referral waiting list for quite some time, so if you’re wanting to have the treatment done on the NHS you should prepare to be patient.


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