Botox as a Treatment Option
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the body sweats excessively on a few parts or the whole body. Sweating differs from one individual to the other, but for a given person, sweating is usually increased above normal rates. This occurs in body parts such as the armpits, palms, soles, face, chest and groin.
Hyperhidrosis can be controlled by changing daily routine tasks and lifestyle, for instance, use of antiperspirants, armpit shields, clothing, shoes, socks among others. However, the problem may not be leveraged by a simple change of lifestyle, and thus require advanced medical care. Treating hyperhidrosis with botox (Botulinum toxin) injections is on of the techniques employed by skin specialists.
Botox is a preparation of protein to reduce the effects of too much sweating. In this treatment, tiny amounts of botox are injected in many areas of the affected zone. This treatment has been approved for underarms only, as treating hyperhidrosis with botox around the face or hands may affect nearby small muscles. Typical injections vary from 15 to 25.The injections block the nerves responsible for triggering sweat glands around that area. It should be noted that this treatment is not a cure for hyperhidrosis but provides short relief.
Reduced sweating usually last only a few months(4-12) and the treatment has to be repeated. The patient may suffer from mild flu-like symptoms lasting a day after treatment and the injections sites could be sore. Others may experience an allergic reaction, but is often rare. Muscle weakness around the injected area is also another side effect. There could be, in addition, excessive sweating in other parts of the body to compensate for the treated area. These side effects wear off after some time.
Other forms of advanced medical care include iontophoresis which utilizes electrical stimulation and applied to the palms and/or soles. Surgical removal of sweat glands in the armpits or cutting of nerves in palms is an alternative for those who other methods of treatment are ineffective or cause deadly side effects.