What is Hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be socially as well as professionally disruptive and many times leads to considerable emotional stress and embarrassment. While some patients who suffer with generalized excessive sweating may require regular medication to bring this under control, patients who suffer with localized excessive sweating of the underarms, palms and soles can be successfully treated with Botox injections.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for severe sweating, where patients with hyperhidrosis may sweat up to four or five times more than normal, far exceeding what is needed to regulate body temperature. Severe underarm sweating may be exacerbated by stress, emotion or exercise, but often occurs spontaneously. BOTOX ® injection is a minimally invasive treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin do not work well enough in people 18 years and older. The effects of treatment are temporary, lasting approximately 6.7 months. It is not known whether BOTOX ® is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.
When injected locally into the skin of a problem area, Botulin toxin type A (Botox®) potently blocks the nerve fibers used to stimulate sweat glands, resulting in almost complete cessation of sweat production from that area. As the toxin is injected only within the skin, there is no risk of affecting deeper muscle structures and therefore their function. The procedure is similar to that described above for line removal. The effects of the Botoxtreatment takes three to seven days to be demonstrated, and the sweat free effects last between 3 and 12 months. Repeat injections produce similar results. The treatment is well tolerated and is void of any adverse side effects.