Botox for Excessive Sweating
When even the strongest antiperspirants leave you all wet, it’s time to take control. Hyperhidrosis is a complex disorder that affects the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. In addition, patients who suffer from this condition suffer much mental pressure. It is estimated that 910,000 Canadians are affected by hyperhidrosis.
Botox® focal injections are an effective way to treat excessive sweating in the underarms. In one study of excessive underarm sweating, 95% of patients experienced an average reduction of 83% within one week of treatment. Results generally last approximately six months. Botox® is the only prescription medication approved for hyperhidrosis.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder that causes discomfort. According to statistics, 2-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis) or palms and feet (hand hyperhidrosis). Underarm hyperhidrosis begins in early adolescence, while excessive sweating of the palms and feet occurs at a younger age. If hyperhidrosis is not treated, this problem may continue for the rest of your life.
Sweating makes a person feel embarrassed, stains clothes and has consequences on a person’s social relationships. Regarding the cause of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis, it should be said that in some cases, neurological, endocrine, infectious, or other systemic diseases can cause hyperhidrosis. Still, in most cases, people with this disease are healthy. Heat and emotions can trigger hyperhidrosis in some people, but many sufferers sweat excessively throughout their waking hours, regardless of their mood or the weather.
Causes of hyperhidrosis
Sweating is a natural mechanism for cooling the body. When the body temperature rises, the nervous system automatically stimulates the sweat glands to produce more sweat. Of course, the body produces more sweat when it is under stress. This type of sweating usually occurs in the palms of the hands.
The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal hyperhidrosis. In this type, the nerves responsible for stimulating the sweat glands become overactive even if they are not stimulated by a factor such as heat or exercise. This complication becomes more severe with stress and nervous tension. Hyperhidrosis usually affects the palms, feet, and sometimes the face.
There is no proven scientific reason for this type of hyperhidrosis. But this condition may be hereditary and occur in the same family.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when a disease causes excessive sweating. This type is less common. And it is likely to cause severe sweating throughout the body. Conditions that may cause excessive sweating include:
Some medications may also cause excessive sweating, like drugs that have opioids in their ingredients.
Complications of hyperhidrosis
Complications of hyperhidrosis include:
Infection: People who sweat a lot are more prone to skin infections.
Social and emotional effects: Sweaty hands and clothes always wet with sweat can be embarrassing. Even this complication can affect your work and academic progress.
Botox in hyperhidrosis
Botulinum toxin A (Botox) is a neurotoxin that can temporarily paralyze the muscle, commonly known as a wrinkle remover. But in fact, Botox is used in many medical fields, such as the treatment of muscle spasms and some types of headaches. The last known clinical use for botulinum toxin A is the treatment of axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis.
For this purpose, a small amount of Botox is injected with a very thin needle into 20-25 points in each armpit or palm. Botox injections may resolve hyperhidrosis symptoms for 6 to 14 months. These injections may be painful, but using thin needles makes it possible to tolerate the pain.
Can hyperhidrosis go away with age?
Hyperhidrosis does not disappear with age, and its severity does not decrease. In most people, excessive sweating remains constant or even increases with age.
Is hyperhidrosis a genetic disease?
Hyperhidrosis seems to be a hereditary disease. So, if your parents have this disease, you may also have hyperhidrosis. Researchers believe that the gene for hyperhidrosis disease is dominant; as a result, it is more likely to be inherited by the next generations.
How common is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a rare disease and affects about 1% of the population. However, this complication can affect the daily activities of sufferers and create an embarrassing situation for the person.