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Treating Hyperhidrosis with Botox

What is Hyperhidrosis

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We all produce sweat as a defense against overheating as it cools us down. It is necessary to sweat. In some cases, excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, happens even when the body doesn’t need to be cooled down. People suffering from hyperhidrosis usually sweat profusely from several places, such as their palms, feet, underarms, or forehead. The rest of the body may remain dry. Excessive sweating can interfere with daily activities and people who have hyperhidrosis often try different deodorants and antiperspirants, prescriptions, and see no results. One type of treatment is becoming extremely popular for those with excessive sweating: Botox injections.

Botox treats hyperhidrosis by stopping the nerves from firing by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine, one of the neurotransmitters that tell muscles to contract. It essentially shrinks down the sweat glands in affected areas to keep them dryer. Botox injections can be administered in the armpits, palms, and even bottoms of feet.

The Process

To begin, iodine is administered to the area followed by cornstarch. This allows visualization of the sweat glands as they become darker. The hyper-diluted Botox is then injected into those sweat glands. For this process, a whole vial of Botox is commonly used.

Typically Botox injections last about 3-4 months when used on the face etc. Those who have received Botox for hyperhidrosis, however, have seen the results last for up to 6 months. They can then go back in for a touch-up.

Botox can also be used for less serious cases of sweating. Many people have been known to receive botox injections just to avoid using antiperspirant. Celebrities may use this treatment before award season. Anyone that wants to pay the price, can really get the treatment. And for someone suffering from hyperhidrosis, this could be the solution they are looking for.