Sweating for no reason? Do you apologize often for the sweat stains on your shirt?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT
Excessive sweating is no laughing matter. Everyone sweats when they get hot or nervous. For many, a light powder or antiperspirant deodorant manages any concerns related to sweating under the arms. But what if you sweat for no reason? What if that excessive sweating only happens in certain areas of your body, such as the underarms?
That’s what hyperhidrosis does. It can be an embarrassing condition that interferes with your everyday activities. But you don’t have to let it run your life. Botox is a highly effective hyperhidrosis treatment. Especially for those who have tried everything else.
Excessive sweating, is a common disorder that can greatly impact an individuals quality of life. Roughly two to three percent of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms or of the palms and soles of the feet. Armpit concerns often begin in late adolescence, while palm and sole sweating often begins earlier, around age thirteen.
WHAT CAN CAUSE HYPERHIDROSIS?
Infectious, and other systemic diseases can sometimes cause hyperhidrosis, for most cases, people who are impacted are otherwise healthy. Heat and emotions may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly all their waking hours, regardless of their mood or the weather.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR HYPERHIDROSIS?
When regular antiperspirants fail to treat excessive sweating, most medical providers start by recommending aluminum chloride hexahydrate, a prescription-strength version of aluminum chloride. It is applied just before bedtime two to three nights in a row, then roughly once a week thereafter to maintain improvement.
This treatment works reasonably well for many patients whose problem is excessive underarm sweating, but it is not satisfactory for most of those with palm and sole sweating. Some prefer not to use a daily treatment with a product such as Drysol. The main side effect of Drysol is irritation, which can sometimes, but not always, be overcome by making sure the skin is dry before application and letting the medicine dry completely afterwards. Also, reducing the frequency of use or applying anti-inflammatory drugs, such as lotions containing a corticosteroid may help.
HOW CAN BOTOX TREAT HYPERHIDROSIS?
Botox is a highly effective treatment for those suffering from hyperhidrosis. It works by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine which is responsible for activating signals between the nerves and sweat glands. Usually, heat or anxiety stimulate the nervous system to activate the sweat glands. This is how your body cools itself. People with hyperhidrosis, the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands are overactive and don’t need any particular trigger to activate. When Botox is injected into the areas of excessive sweat, Botox will block these overactive signals. In fact, these nerves are essentially paralyzed, preventing you from sweating in the areas that receive Botox injections. This may seem extreme, unless you suffer from the disorder. Then the thought of relief from sweating through your shirts as though you were in a interrogation room and guilty as charged is more than a welcome solution.
BOTOX AND EXCESSIVE SWEATING
Botulinum toxin A (Botox), has commonly been in the news as a cosmetic treatment for muscle spasms. But it has actually been used in many areas of medicine for some time, such as in the treatment of certain types of headaches
A small amount of Botox is injected in a grid pattern with a very fine needle into roughly 25 to 20 spots in each armpit. This may produce up to 12 months of relief from sweating. The injections may prove uncomfortable for some individuals, however ice can be used prior to the treatment, and a very small injection needle makes them tolerable. Now that this treatment has received FDA approval, many health insurers are providing coverage for the injections and the Botox itself after other treatments have failed.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX?
You should consider Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment if you experience any of the following:
Actively avoid social activities and interactions in fear of embarrassment.
Sweat through your clothing, even if you have on layers. And you have to change shirts more than once a day due to your condition.
Wear dark clothing to help hide the appearance of sweat marks.
Sweating gets to the point it drips.
Have developed anxiety over your excessive sweating.
You actually sweat more when you think about sweating.
Tried everything else to stop the sweating and nothing work, including prescription-strength antiperspirants, creams, pills, and other treatments.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH THE PROCEDURE?
The Botox treatment is very simple, minimally invasive, and you can get right back to your normal activities. It only takes about 30 minutes for the office procedure! First, you’ll have a consultation with our medical provider. It will be a quick talk about your symptoms and where you are experiencing the excessive sweating. After that, we create your custom treatment plan to fit your needs. Before the procedure, we will make sure you’re comfortable by using a topical cream that will numb your underarms. This creates an almost pain-free procedure for you. In fact, the most you may feel is a small prick with the first injection, if anything at all. Then, the Botox will be injected in a grid pattern under your arm. A vial of 100 units is the typical amount needed for both arms. And it only takes about 10 minutes to complete all the injections. After the procedure, you can go back to your normal daily routine! Even though you may feel a slight stinging for 10-15 minutes after the injections and minor tenderness a few days, there are no restrictions.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
Improvement often occurs in the first two to four days, with maximum/ full treatment results reached within thirty days. Excessive sweating is reduced by 82-87% after the first month. It will take patience, but the results of Botox will keep getting better over time. Results vary for each individual but usually last between four to twelve months before a follow-up procedure.
And remember, now that this treatment has received FDA approval, many health insurers are providing coverage for the injections and the Botox itself after other treatments have failed.