RENO, NV (KOLO) In hot weather you would expect to sweat. But for patients with Hyperhidrosis, it doesn’t matter the weather. Cold or hot, they excessively sweat, from their underarms, feet or hands or all three.
“It was very embarrassing,” says Christine Mandeville, a Hyperhidrosis patient. “It would affect what I would do. What I would wear. Where I would go. If I knew it was going to be super hot, I would have to plan accordingly as to what color I was going to wear,” she says.
In the past we’ve shown you patients receiving Botox injections under the arms to stop excessive sweating. That’s still done.
But with the introduction of a new medication called QBREXZA, patients now have another option.
“It is something you apply at home. One pad, you use it on both arms and you just swipe it once. And it is very effective,” says Dr. Cindy Lamerson, MD, with Nevada Center for Dermatology.
Dr. Lamerson says the drug works by calming the nerve activity in the skin that prompts the sweat glands to engage.
For patients with Hyperhidrosis this chemical reaction is working on overtime.
Dr, Lamerson says says the medication can be used in patients as young as nine. The only major side effect is blurred vision. But it’s not what you think.
“It is very easy to stop that side effect. All you have to do is wash your hands after you use it,” says Dr. Lamerson.
For Christina, the introduction of this new medication has been a real life-changer.
“I can just wear whatever I want. I can do anything I want to do. Go out in the heat, and not have to worry about it,” she says.
Insurance companies would pick up the cost of Botox injections for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis. Dr. Lamerson says depending upon your coverage, insurance might pick up the cost of QBREXZA.