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Anyone had Underarm Botox for sweating or have any other suggestions?

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ProcrastinatingIsMyForte Wed 22-Jun-16 13:01:30

A lot of people say women don't sweat they Glow.
But I don't. I sweat. A lot.
It's especially bad near to my period but it's generally an all month and year round problem. I know it's summer but at the moment we're in the mid to late teens so it's not hot at all and I get this problem all winter anyway.

Like yesterday I was sat at the table with a vest top on, no fabric covering the area causing me to overheat, and I was sat forwards so my underarms were not clamped shut or anything either.
And I feel a trickle sensation on my arms and look to find that I have rivulets of sweat running the full length of my upper arms, almost reaching my elbows. Not just one but several.
And today, I am trying on my outfit for a wedding at the weekend. It's a silk top with little cap sleeves, I've long since realised I just can't wear long sleeves, and in the time it's taken me to adjust the skirt and put my shoes on I've got big wet semi circles under my arms. I could cry, I really could. The top cost a fortune for a start and will be ruined after 12hrs at a wedding but more so that I face having to wear my jacket all fucking day.

So what do I do? I've tried every 48hr, 72hr, anti perspirant. Pit rok and Another paste one I can't remember. They don't work.
Has anyone had Botox for this problem? Anyone in the North West of England /Manchester area suggest a practitioner I could see?

Any suggestions welcome and TIA smile

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AlwaysDancing1234 Wed 22-Jun-16 13:07:32

Sorry no other suggestions but empathy and sympathy as I have exactly the same issues. I'm fed up of having to choose clothes according to which items won't show horrid sweaty patches blush
Watching with interest for Botox experiences.

Facilitator Wed 22-Jun-16 13:12:58

I suggest a doctor visit, it could something else (excessive sweating has a name). They may be able to refer you.

I sympathise hugely - i sweat too, and mine smells. Mitchum is my best friend, but I still struggle on days that are hot, and stressful/anxious days.

I've considered Botox but I hate needles!

ProcrastinatingIsMyForte Wed 22-Jun-16 13:15:18

Mitchum is what I use usually but it only helps so much.

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ProcrastinatingIsMyForte Wed 22-Jun-16 13:19:12

I smell too, it's so embarrassing! Will mention it to docs as I'm going for something else quite soon. Thanks again

Oh my god as I'm typing I'm dripping sweat down my arms again sad

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Birdlet Wed 22-Jun-16 13:46:01

Procrastinating I was diagnosed with hyperhodrosis (excess sweating) about 5 years ago and now have Botox to control it. The sweating doesn't bother me too much - I'm used to it - but the smell is what really upsets me. I had previously been to a doctor about it but he basically just told me to wash more often (!) so I thought there was nothing to be done. If the GP you see brushes you off, try another one until you get help! When I found a doctor who actually listened to me it made a huge difference.

The way it works here (East Midlands) is that every time I need more Botox (I normally go once a year) I have to go to my GP to be referred to the local dermatology clinic at the hospital where I will meet with a consultant and then an appointment will be made for me to have another Botox session. It's a bit of a pain doing it like that but my only other option is paying for it which I just can't afford unfortunately! The Botox is pretty painless but I'd recommend booking the day off for your first session as everyone reacts differently.

CousinViolent Wed 22-Jun-16 13:51:09

My daughter has had the same problem, and was referred by the GP for a treatment called iontophoresis. It's a really time-consuming process, and expensive (we ended up buying a machine so she could continue it at home, because you need to do it regularly to get any results.) It's certainly helped a bit, but for the time/money it's not a massively impressive difference.

The last time we went for a follow-up appointment the technician recommended this spray antiperspirant, and although dd had tried most of the topical treatments, this one really did seem to be more effective. Posting a link because it might be worth getting some before the weekend so you can wear your nice top to the wedding. It doesn't cause the hideous, unbearable itching that similar products have, and I'd definitely give it a try.

wallywobbles Wed 22-Jun-16 13:52:30

Certain things make it worse for sure. I found Mitchum didn't touch the edges but Sure stick works better. Roll-ons are useless.

Coffee definitely makes me sweat more.

It has get better as I've got older and it's worse in cold weather.

Mostly being able to dress v casually had helped the most.

HoggleHoggle Wed 22-Jun-16 13:54:04

God I have this too. I'm actually worse in winter as I sweat more when I'm cold. Although still sweaty when hot too.

Sad to say I've just consigned myself to only wearing certain colours - hell will freeze over before I go out in grey, for instance - and certain fabrics. A cap sleeve silk like you describe would have me soaking within about 5 mins.

I don't use strong deodorants, they don't work anyway so I'd rather go as natural as possible - without smelling obviously! I use an aluminium free one at the moment and it works well on odour.

Tanfastic Wed 22-Jun-16 15:26:01

I had an operation for hyperhidrosis twenty years ago. Not sure if they still do it under the NHs as it's quite a big op but it completely cured me permanently. Mine was for my sweaty hands but they do the same op (or did) for other sweaty areas and I knew someone who had it for underarm.

I had to speak to a couple of gp's before any of them took me seriously but once I was at the consultant's door things moved very quickly.

From memory the operation was called a sympathectomy. I've just googled it and it's still performed. It literally changed my life.

I saw a consultant at Lancaster Royal Infirmary. He took one look at my hands and put me on the waiting list straight away smile

Cumberlover76 Wed 22-Jun-16 15:36:36

I haven't got excessive sweating but really used to smell and tried all kinds of deodorant and antiperspirant, i even tried washing under my arms with anti-bac hand wash to try and kill off the bacteria that may have been causing the smell. I then tried a natural paste/cream deodorant that is mainly bicarbonate of soda based and it's been a revelation. i do not smell at all and it has even helped to slightly reduce the amount of wetness. I think the chemicals in the other products contributed to the smell and blocked the pores so the bacteria built up. I know that some people use just a bicarb paste, but that's a bit of a faff for me so i now use Hippy Paste - crap name but works really well and a tin lasts around 3 months. There's also a lovely one from the US called Soapwalla deodorant cream, but it's pricey. I will never go back to using anything else. I would highly recommend giving it a go and see how you get on. There may be others that make similar products but the Hippy Paste one (and the Soapwalla) work really well. Hope something works, I used to get really embarrassed by the smell.

ProcrastinatingIsMyForte Wed 22-Jun-16 15:42:16

Thanks so much for these suggestions! I am going to go over each and every one. Will order that one of Amazon first as time is ticking for the wedding but I am definitely going to bring this up with the doctor and see what is available.

I'm so glad I posted now, I thought it might just be me!

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ProcrastinatingIsMyForte Wed 22-Jun-16 16:01:52

Cumber, what fragrance do you go for in the hippy paste? I dislike Lavender and am leaning towards the Pure or Ylang Ylang. The citrus make me imagine lemon flash and I'm not sure what to expect from the mint!

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ProcrastinatingIsMyForte Sat 25-Jun-16 11:34:58

I'd just like to say thanks Cousin! The perspi-guard that you recommended has worked a treat. Absolutely zero wetness. I can't quite believe how well it's worked and I'd recommend it to any of the other posters here that are still suffering.
I even Wore a light coloured long sleeve shirt yesterday that I've been wanting to wear forever, with no problems whatsoever.
Thank you so so much. I'm absolutely made up

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HoggleHoggle Sat 25-Jun-16 12:06:32

That's interesting! Thanks for updating. I might have to give that a go myself.

CousinViolent Sun 26-Jun-16 15:42:37

Yaaay Procrastinating! So glad it worked for you!

LittleLionHeart Sun 26-Jun-16 19:21:01

I used dryclore for a week. It stung slightly but I no longer ever sweat now, and previously was very very sweaty. Life saver!

WoodleyPixie Sun 26-Jun-16 19:26:58

Thanks for the feedback on the perspi deodorant. I will get some for ds1. He's almost 19 and currently going through go for treatment.
He Was given some tablets but they made him feel sick constantly. Although he did stop sweating!

We are currently trying to get referred for Botox. It's actually a really hard process or at least it is here. We could have it on our insurance but nearest clinic is bath, 2 hours away so would mean whole day off work to take him.

So reluctantly trying the NHS. He had an appointment at dermatology but was too ill to attend so waiting on a new appointment.

Lyd555 Sat 27-Jul-19 14:42:04

My friend had hyperhidrosis treatment at a dental practice in Shepherds Bush and was so happy with the results - - worth checking out.

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