While everyone sweats when it is hot outside or after a workout, for some it can be more severe than that. Individuals with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can experience sweating even when they are not in a warm environment or following exercise. This can lead to embarrassing sweat stains on clothes, sweaty palms and hands, and social anxiety. If you are bothered by your sweating, Botox can help! Read on to learn more hyperhidrosis and how Botox can work as an effective treatment option.
All About Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis describes a medical condition when someone has excessive sweating. Common symptoms include sweating that pools under your arms or around your back, drips down your hands, or soaks your clothing to the point of discomfort. This can lead to discomfort, body odor, itching and inflammation, and more.
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis, including primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis occurs when the nerves that signal your sweat glands become overactive, even when you are not experiencing a rise in temperature or physical activity. This form usually affects the palms and soles, and sometimes the face. There is no known specific medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis, though it may run in families.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is connected to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, menopause, thyroid problems, and more. Certain medications also can lead to heavy sweating, as can opioid withdrawal.
Botox for Excessive Sweating
For individuals with primary hyperhidrosis who are tired of living with their excessive sweating, Botox is an effective treatment option. While Botox is usually associated with the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles on the face, it can also be used to stop sweat glands from producing too much sweat.
During treatment, Botox will be injected into the area that is producing sweat using a fine needle. It works by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which binds with your sweat glands to trigger the release of sweat. While topical anesthetic is not usually required, it is available for those who want it. Results typically last 3-4 months before reinjection is needed.
With Botox, you can enjoy social events and life in general without having to worry about your excessive sweating! Plus, there is no downtime, so you won’t have to worry about recovery.
If you are bothered by excessive sweating and are looking for a solution, we can help! For more information regarding hyperhidrosis treatment, contact Arlington Dermatology today. We will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment with Drs. Coyne or Livingood to begin.