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Excessive Sweating

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What is Hyperhidrosis?

The medical term for this excessive sweating is “hyperhidrosis.” The word “hidrosis” means sweating, from the Greek word for sweat. In the world of medicine, “hyper” means more than normal, or excessive.

BOTOX for Hyperhidrosis

On a hot day, or during a strenuous workout, sweat can be a blessing. Beads of sweat on your skin cool the body with the sweat reducing the heat of your skin as it evaporates. For some, however, perspiration can occur to such an extent, and with such regularity, that is far beyond the normal.

People with this condition may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Heavy underarm sweating, even when inactive
  • Sweaty palms
  • Sweaty feet
  • Beading perspiration on the face or forehead
  • Sweating after waking from sleep
  • Recurring skin infections such as athletes foot
  • White or peeling skin

Consequences of Hyperhidrosis

The consequences of these phenomena can range from the impractical to the deeply embarrassing. Some individuals may find it hard to hold firmly to a pen or a doorknob, or have their work affected by sweat dripping on desk or other work tools or items. Clothing stained deeply with sweat can attract unwanted attention. Individuals may feel compelled to withhold themselves from ordinary acts of friendship or intimacy, such as shaking or holding hands, for fear of causing offense.

Is Hyperhidrosis a Sign of Illness?

Hyperhidrosis is not necessarily a sign of a serious illness. Most people who experience it are healthy in other respects. Often, this problem first develops during childhood or adolescence. In such cases, the condition is referred to as “primary” hyperhidrosis.

“Secondary” hyperhidrosis is a different situation in which excess sweating is occurring as the result of some other underlying factor. It could be a reaction to a medicine or a nutritional supplement, or it could be a reflection of another condition. Excessive sweating can be caused obesity, diabetes, some types of injuries or trauma, menopause, frostbite, gout or, possibly, a tumor.

It is likely you would have discovered an underlying condition through medical testing if you have been affected by one of these conditions. If you have not been tested, it is important to eliminate them as possibilities. As noted earlier, hyperhidrosis generally begins to manifest early in life. If your problem is new, has only developed in adulthood and you can’t connect it to any of the factors described above, discuss this with us during your consultation.

What is BOTOX for Hyperhidrosis

BOTOX, well known for its use in addressing cosmetic issues, has also been used in treating hyperhidrosis. It has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for excessive underarm sweating. This condition is known as “axillary hyperhidrosis.” (The word “axillary” means “relating to the armpit.”)

BOTOX has also been used to address excessive sweating of the feet, hands, face and head. In the areas of the body where it is injected, it blocks the chemical messages that cause the body to produce sweat.

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Is BOTOX for Hyperhidrosis Right for Me?

As is the case with any medical procedure, you will not be eligible for this treatment unless you are in good general health and are not experiencing any problems that could interfere with the success or safety of the treatment. This can be determined easily through a consultation with our cosmetic surgeon.

It’s also possible that your hyperhidrosis is being caused by underlying condition that should be addressed by something other than a BOTOX injection. Again, your surgeon can offer guidance regarding what action should be taken next in these cases.

Hyperhidrosis and Quality of Life

There are essential questions that only you can answer, however. How much is your hyperhidrosis interfering with your quality of life? Is it making it difficult to perform simple actions, or live life normally? Is it a source of daily discomfort, embarrassment or introversion? Is the problem so bad that it is seriously interfering with your ability to interact with friends, coworkers or loved ones?

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

A study involving more than 300 people who received BOTOX injections in their armpits found that more than 80 percent experienced a 50 percent decrease in sweat, with these results lasting between seven months and a year.

BOTOX injections have also been found to be very effective in reducing excessive hand sweating, with effects lasting up to six months. It has been used to treat excessive sweating in the feet, but only a full evaluation will reveal if the treatment will be effective in reducing this problem. Consult your surgeon regarding the extent of your personal issues with excess perspiration and the results you might expect.

BOTOX can also be used to reduce sweating in the face and scalp, but it is imperative that any BOTOX treatment for excessive sweating is performed by a skilled and experienced practitioner.

Will I Need to Be Treated More than Once?

A single BOTOX treatment will not eliminate hyperhidrosis forever. The length of time between treatments will vary from individual to individual. Depending on the area being treated, the results can last for periods ranging from four months to over a year.

Millions of people throughout the world have sought this treatment and found that it helped them gain control of an issue that greatly affected their enjoyment of life.

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