Botox Treatment for Excessive Sweating
For some people, severe underarm sweating is a highly problematic issue that interferes with normal daily activities and causes extreme embarrassment; from a fear of raising your arms in public to a reluctance to purchase new clothing for fear of ruining your new items, profuse sweating can be a miserable problem to have to contend with, particularly when antiperspirants just don’t help.
The medical term for excessive sweating is severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis and is characterized by the body’s tendency to sweat far more than is necessary to satisfy its normal cooling requirements.
If you’ve experienced this issue, the first step is to see your doctor in order to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that need to be dealt with; upon receiving a clean bill of health and a suspected diagnosis of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, your next option is to seek a referral to a dermatologist in order to be assessed, properly diagnosed and helped to determine the appropriate treatment options.
Many people are surprised to learn that it’s a dermatologist they must see in order to facilitate treatment for their condition, however as dermatologists specialize in the disorders of the skin, overactive sweat glands fall into their area of expertise.
While there are many alternative treatment options available, from prescription antiperspirants to herbal remedies, acupuncture and relaxation therapy to surgery, by far the most effective non-invasive method to date has been Botox injection therapy.
How Botox Helps
When injected into the affected area, Botox works by blocking the signals sent by the nerves to trigger the sweat glands; with this chemical signal disrupted, sweating is significantly reduced.
What to Expect
During the procedure, which takes place in your dermatologist’s office, you will receive on average of about 15 injections to the underarm area; the appointment is normally very quick with about 10 to 15 injections being made.
After the appointment, you should begin to see a decrease in sweating within about 4 weeks of your initial treatment, and the benefits of the Botox treatment should last approximately 200 days or 6.5 months.
Risks and Side Effects
While there are some risks and side effects associated with the use of Botox they are rare and not normally serious; from headache and blurred vision, pain and tenderness at the site of the injection, dysphagia and/or skin disorders such as rash and itching, any significant side effects should be reported to your doctor.
On very rare occasions, some patients may experience the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction; if you experience any hives and/or itching, rash, severe difficulty breathing, swallowing or dizziness and/or swelling in the mouth, tongue or facial area, seek medical attention immediately.
In all, risks of serious medical complications or severe allergies are extremely rare and the effectiveness of the Botox treatment for severe underarm sweating far outweigh any potential risks; if you have any concerns in regard to any adverse effects of treatment on your overall health, speak with your doctor ahead of time in order to ensure that proper precautions are being taken.
If you’re suffering from issues with overactive sweat glands, there is hope and Botox treatment is one of the safest and most effective non-invasive procedures available today to help combat this awkward and distressing issue.