How Botox for Sweating Can Eliminate the Problem
Hyperhidrosis is a skin condition affecting about 4.8% of the US population (over 15 million people). While sweating is a natural thermoregulating body response (when it’s hot, when exercising, etc.), excessive sweating dramatically affects people’s lives. This includes their professional and personal relationships, their ability to practice physical activities, and creating potentially severe emotional and mental health problems. Can Botox for sweating eliminate or alleviate the problem?
General Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Primary hyperhidrosis results from overly active sweat glands– the sympathetic system. It is limited to specific body areas such as underarms, palms, soles, face, or cranium. Secondary hyperhidrosis affects the whole body and is the consequence of an illness or the direct effect of some prescription medications. Both are treated differently; our article focuses on primary hyperhidrosis. So does Botox for sweating work?
Well to begin, in most cases over-the-counter antiperspirants do not produce satisfactory results, and prescription antiperspirants present the inconvenient of being harsh on the sink in the long term. Some other treatments include medication, iontophoresis (exposition to a mild electrical current through water), microwave thermolysis, and surgery (ETS, destroying part of the sympathetic nerve in the thorax). Some of those treatments are relatively invasive, may come with unpleasant side effects, and could be cost-prohibitive.
Botox For Sweating: A Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Injections of Botox for sweating may sound farfetched at first but makes perfect sense.
OnabotulinumtoxinA is best known as a cosmetic procedure to eliminate wrinkles on the forehead by paralyzing the muscles. The same principle applies to treat excessive sweating, by getting in between the sweat gland and neurotransmitters sending the signal it’s time to sweat.
Over the past 30 years, Botox injections have been used to treat conditions more severe than aging: spasms, movement disorders, chronic migraines, myofascial pain syndrome, overactive bladder, or depression.
In 2004, the FDA approved Botox to treat severe hyperhidrosis. Botox is injected into the skin on the area of concern, blocking the secretion of the chemical responsible for sweat production.
Results for Botox treatment are noticeable within a few days of the procedure, increasing in efficiency over a couple of weeks. Results vary for other body areas.
Botox for sweating is a safe alternative to prescription medication or more drastic procedures. The injections are shallow enough that no long-term alteration of body function occurs. Ultimately, this option to treat hyperhidrosis can improve your life and relationships.
Please note that skilled practitioners should administer Botox treatments.
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Eliminate Excessive Sweating for Good