Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Sweat, Your Problem's Cured

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Sweat, Your Problem's Cured

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Byline: By Julie Cush

Described by some as being a miracle breakthrough in anti-ageing, Botox injections have taken the world by storm over the last five years. But it isn't just the beauty business which is taking advantage of this wonderdrug. It is growing more popular in the medical world to treat a range of problems including, excessive sweating, migraines and even dribbling, as health reporter, Julie Cush, finds out

Just meeting new people is enough to make teenager Claire Baker break into a sweat, not ideal as she works as a travel agent.

Claire, 19, from Wallsend, is good at her job but gets so nervous that after helping would-be holidaymakers her armpits are usually drenched and her uniform left with unsightly patches.

And it's a vicious circle of misery for Claire. For the more she perspires, the longer she keeps her jacket on and the more she sweats.

She said: "The more you worry about it, the worse it gets, especially now the hot weather is here. I love wearing light coloured clothes but they show up sweat patches really badly.

"I usually start getting sweat patches in the morning and it just gets worse during the day. My uniform is royal blue but you can still really see them.

"I have tried every deodorant going but nothing seems to work."

Claire works for Travel Care, in Ridley Place, Newcastle. Her hopes picked up recently when she spotted an advert in the window of the Hair, Nail, Tan and Beauty salon next door.

It was offering treatment for excessive sweating using painless Botox injections but the only snag was it cost pounds 300.

Claire confided in her parents Beverly and Paul and they agreed to stump up the cash as a birthday treat.

And it was with much trepidation that she booked herself in for the one-off treatment, trying to block out the image of needles with thoughts of all the new Summer tops she was going to buy.

The procedure was carried out by medical and cosmetic doctor, Alan Patterson, from Ponteland, who has just brought the BO-busting treatment to the North East, after training at Harley Street, in London.

Dr Patterson, who is a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Practitioners, has been using the treatment at different clinics in the region and the response has been very positive.

Claire said: "It only took about 45 minutes and it just felt like little pin pricks. I didn't need to put any cream on and I could wear deodorant the next day.

"It didn't start working until a couple of days later but it has made such a difference. I'm a lot drier and a lot more confident."

Dr Patterson, whose wife Sally runs the Hair, Nail, Tan and Beauty salon, gets a lot of queries from clients of all ages for the treatment.

He said: "I get a lot of teenagers and people in their 20s and 30s who are worried that excessive sweating will ruin their chances of promotion. I'm a bit of a sweater myself and have often changed my shirt twice in one day.

"But for some people it can literally drip from the armpits, it gets so bad. The treatment is perfectly safe and involves up to 20 small injections in the skin. The effects last up to six months and although it doesn't stop sweating all together, it reduces it by up to 80 per cent.

"It usually takes two days before the treatment starts to work."

It is believed perspiring is made worse by certain stimulants such as tea, coffee and spicy food. The smell is triggered when bugs fester in the sweat and start to break down chemicals producing sulphur.

Dr Patterson added: "I have used Botox for some time, injecting it in the face to freeze muscles to erase frown lines.

"In other countries, especially the USA, injections into the armpit have really taken off, and it is especially in demand from celebrities who need to look cool at all times.

"It was, apparently, used by a number of the personalities at the Oscar presentations but I don't see why it should be limited to the famous. …

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