If you suffer from severe underarm sweating/ perspiration and if over the counter antiperspirants do not work you maybe a candidate for treatment. Axillary hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating affects 3-5% of the population, and in severe cases can interfere with your professional and social life. Excessive sweating can also damage your clothing a limit your wardrobe choices.
Medicare has taken a step forward for hyperhidrosis sufferers and recently announced a rebate scheme for patients who exhibit severe underarm sweating. This rebate only applies if sweating impacts on your life, and if antiperspirants are not effective (or if you develop a rash secondary to antiperspirants). Additionally the procedure must be carried out by a Department approved Specialist using Botulinum Toxin injections.
Cost savings for sweat sufferers
Apart from the Medicare rebate to perform the procedure, the government will also fully cover the cost of the medication. Patients are entitled up to 3 treatments per year. This means that patients are out of pocket $420 per treatment. On average each treatment will last 6-7 months.