Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Clammy, wet palms of hand or soles of feet, profuse under arm sweating, wet clothes and frequent sweating in other areas are all symptoms of Hyperhidrosis, a condition that the International Hyperhidrosis Association claim affects about 2.8 percent of Americans. Whilst some can develop the condition from birth it is more commonly associated with teenage adolescence. For the sufferer it can cause psychological trauma and extreme embarrassment, causing the individual a high level of self-consciousness and anxiety. Hyperhidrosis can be localised to one particular area like the palms of the hands and soles of the feet or in the armpits. Others get it all over the body where the presence of sweat glands is greater.

Far reaching effects both physical and mental

Unfortunately the side effects can be both physical and mental. Physical side effects can include the development of fungal or skin conditions alongside the noticeable soaking and staining of clothes whilst mental side effects can lead people to withdraw from social situations and worry about body odour. Whilst it is not a life threatening condition the effects can be far reaching and have a serious impact on someone’s lifestyle and their self-confidence.

How can Hyperhidrosis be treated?

Whilst there are steps that can be taken to reduce the effects of hyperhidrosis, like using deodorant or wearing a specific type of clothing, it can actually be treated effectively with Botox. Botox injections into the skin block the nerves that supply the sweat glands meaning that it stops the sweat being produced. Depending on the severity of the situation and whether it is localised or more general it may take several injections to treat the condition.

Used in over 20 countries for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis

The treatment was first approved in 2004 by the FDA for the condition of Hyperhidrosis for those who couldn’t find an effective result from treatments such as anti-perspirant – it is now approved for use of the condition in over 20 countries across the world. There have been many studies since it was introduced as a treatment of the condition and it has been found to reduce the sweating by 82-87% in those who have Botox in the armpits.

Results last from around 4-12 months

The effects of Botox for the condition of Hyperhidrosis aren’t dissimilar to that of cosmetic procedures in that it can take 2-4 days to see the results after the injections with the full results usually seen after about 2 weeks. Unlike the results of cosmetics procedures, which generally last around 3-6 months, the effects can be enjoyed for around 4 months to a year for underarm sweating. The results vary depending on the parts of the body treated – for the treatment of clammy or sweaty palms the results have had more effective results but last for around 6 months.

What is involved in the treatment?

The treatments only take around 10 minutes if having each armpit treated and you will be advised not to shave the area for at least 3-4 days prior to treatment. The injections are administered into the affected area and will usually involve multiple small injections around the area. The effects of the treatment will become noticeable over a period of days and any symptoms will return gradually so you will know when you need to go back for another course. You will be advised on when you can exercise and what actions you need to take following treatment but it shouldn’t have any impact on your normal activities.

Choose a licensed practitioner

Like all treatments for Botox you should consult a licensed practitioner that has experience in treating this and any other medical conditions in which Botox is used as a treatment. Whilst your doctor may advise it as a good course of treatment they may not be able to carry out the procedure so if you are seeking someone to administer Botox you really need to choose wisely. You want to ensure that they are treating the right area, with the right dosage and that they understand your medical history first. Once you are happy that you have found the right professional you can go ahead with the treatment. Don’t just choose the first person you come across. Do your research, read some reviews and perhaps visit one or two before you make your decision.

Sources

Medical News Today, Retrieved Jan 2017, Hyperhidrosis
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182130.php

Sweathelp, Retrieved Jan 2017, Hyperhidrosis treatments

http://www.sweathelp.org/hyperhidrosis-treatments/botox.html