Excessive sweating – known as hyperhidrosis – is a daily debilitating struggle that negatively affects everything from careers and education, to relationships and having fun. Sweaty palms, sweaty feet, sweat soaked armpits and dripping foreheads take a heavy toll on a person’s life. According to recent surveys up to 2.8% of the US population, that’s 7.8 million men women and children, suffer from this miserable disorder. If you think you sweat too much, you probably do!
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is abnormal increased sweating on a person’s face, palms of their hands, soles of their feet, in the armpits and/or in the groin area. This condition causes individuals to sweat up to four times more than normal in order to maintain an average body temperature. Normal sweating is caused by physical exercise, spicy or hot foods, stress, hot temperatures and illnesses associated with fevers. Excessive sweating can be caused by obesity, hormonal changes (i.e. menopause), poorly managed diabetes, hyperthyroidism, heredity, and occasionally certain medications. The exact cause for hyperhidrosis is unknown, but studies have proven that repeated Botox injections are an effective means of combating excessive underarm sweating when deodorants and antiperspirants have failed.
What can I do about my overactive sweating?
There are a few different options available for people who have suffered from hyperhidrosis. These treatments include:
- Prescription antiperspirants: This is the typical medication used before moving into more serious treatments.
- Medications: Antidepressants, tranquilizers, and a type of high blood pressure medication called ‘calcium channel blockers’ can aid in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. These medications are most often used to control sweating caused by stressful situations.
- Surgery: Some surgeons recommend removing the sweat glands or severing the nerves that lead to sweat glands in order to eliminate the sweating problem.
- Botox®: Botox® treatments have proven to be far more effective than any non-surgical technique and works every time. Botox® injections can be used on the underarms, palms, soles, and face.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a protein that blocks the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. Skin care specialists have used it for over ten years to treat many different problems including the smoothing of facial wrinkles and lines. Small doses of this injectable protein stop the release of the chemical acetylcholine, which in turn temporarily blocks the nerves that stimulate sweating.
Some people, including celebrities, get injections of Botox® before big events because they don’t want to ruin their clothing or look nervous in front of crowds. Treatments last from five to eight months, and are often repeated up to five times before the problem is solved.
Who is it for?
Botox® is a prescription drug and should only be used under careful medical supervision. Avoiding treatment for other potential causes of hyperhidrosis such as overactive thyroid may lead to serious underlying diseases that require other forms of treatment. Consult your doctor to see if Botox® is the right solution for your hyperhidrosis. End a lifetime of embarrassment!