A teenager from Forest Hill has set up a fundraiser for Botox treatment to stop a condition that makes her sweat so profusely she had to drop out of university.
Laila Lake suffers from palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis – a condition which causes excessive sweating from the palms and soles. Due to how much her hands and feet sweat, the teenager, who has suffered from the condition her whole life, is unable to do everyday activities such as write, type, and grip, reports Hertfordshire Live.
Throughout the years Laila has tried a variety of treatments and medication throughout the years including a form of electrotherapy which was unsuccessful. But the teenager has now set out to take control of her condition by fundraising for Botox injections which she believes could reduce the sweating by 80 per cent.
In her GoFundMe she wrote: “I really do not want to live like this any longer and I don’t want to have to experience the social embarrassment that I did during all of my younger educational years in university.”
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Laila now plans to return to university this October after dropping out of Kingston University London last year due to chronic fatigue and the “embarrassment” caused by her condition. The teenager considers typing and note-taking some of her “biggest struggles” and hopes to raise enough to curb the sweating in time for the start of her forensic psychology degree at the Open University.
Costing around £1,000 per treatment, the Botox is unaffordable for Laila and her mother who currently does not work. But with a waiting list of 18 months, the teenager is desperate to avoid having to go through the NHS.
“If I can get even one treatment of Botox before I start university it will make me feel so much better and less anxious about things like typing or writing out notes for my lectures,” she told HertsLive. “The last thing I want to be worrying about is excess sweat dripping onto my notes.”
The condition is so severe, Laila is unable to leave her house without a bath towel which she uses to stop her hands from dripping. The teenager, who first noticed the sweating in primary school, has never been able to wear sandals or heels and is forced to change the thick socks she wears throughout the day.
“I only first started telling people about [it] two years ago,” she said . “As I’ve got older, I’ve learnt to be more comfortable with talking to people about my condition, but it can still be very embarrassing.
“I have been dealing with the social embarrassment of this condition for nearly 10 years. I don’t want to live like this any longer.”
The GoFundMe has raised £135 out of the £8000 goal. To donate, click here.
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