Sweating is normally a very useful physiological process that helps your body to cool down when the ambient temperature is relatively too high. It is also your body’s natural detoxification process, as your body excretes water soluble toxins in the form of sweat through skin. However, sometimes one main area or a few specific areas of your body start to sweat intensely, without any specific reason. This annoying situation is medically called hyperhidrosis, a neurological disorder in which the sweat glands become overactive and the individual begins to sweat 4 to 5 times more than normal. It can affect any part of body, but it occurs mainly in the armpits, hands and feet. This condition can run havoc in the sufferer’s personal, professional and social life, and can significantly shatter a person’s self-confidence.
Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis
There are number of treatments available to cure hyperhidrosis, from over the counter antiperspirants to oral medications to surgery, but none of them offers as satisfactory and lasting results as does the Botox injection. Botox, brand name for Botulinum toxin type A, is an injectable drug that comes into the scene when all other treatments – except surgery – have failed to control the symptoms of excessive sweating in any part of the body. The toxin is injected into the skin, at 10 to 15 places, evenly distributed at a distance of at least 1 cm. Botox works by temporarily blocking transmission of nerve impulses that stimulate the sweat glands.
Why choose Botox to cure hyperhidrosis problem?
The best thing about this treatment is that it stops sweat production in the areas of the body that have been injected while the rest of the body continues to sweat normally. These injections reduce, and in most cases almost stop, sweat production in the armpits for up to six months. Most people don’t need to use antiperspirants or deodorants completely after getting Botox armpits treatment.
Are there any side effects of Botox treatment?
Botox is one of the easiest and safest procedures and rarely causes any potential adverse effects. Some common complaints that have been reported by the individuals include pain, irritation, itching, swelling and/or bruising at the injection site. Other side effects may include headache, neck pain, nausea and asthma like symptoms, but they are quite rare. Call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms anytime (hours or weeks) after getting Botox in the armpits.
Who is a candidate?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox for treating excessive sweating only when all other treatment options have failed to alleviate the condition, and you are actually suffering from primary hyperhidrosis. To determine whether you are a hyperhidrosis patient or not you do not necessarily need to go to a doctor. You yourself can check whether underarm sweating is normal or your sweat glands are overactive. First question that you need to ask yourself is that whether you have experienced focal visible profuse sweating without any apparent cause, for at least six months. If your answer is yes then check whether you meet the following criteria or not – meeting at least two of the following criteria will be an indication that you are sweating abnormally.
- Is excessive sweating hindering your daily activities?
- Do you experience at least one episode of heavy underarm sweating a week?
- Is the onset of your excessive armpit sweating earlier than age 25?
- Do you stop sweating while sleeping?
- Do you have a positive family history? (Meaning that other your other family members also suffer from similar sweating issues.)
If your answer to even any two of the above mentioned questions is yes then chances are that you are suffering from primary hyperhidrosis, and you need to see a medical professional to find out the best course of treatment.
Go for an experienced doctor
It is pertinent to mention here that the expertise of your clinician play a vital role in determining the safety and effectiveness of Botox treatment, since a slight slip of syringe could cause the toxin to spread in the body. So, if you want to get the most out of your Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis, go for a board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon with at least 5-year experience of administering Botox injections for excessive sweating.
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