Botox is most commonly known as an aging skin treatment, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles that come as we get older. However, did you know that it actually has several other applications as well? Botox has been approved for treating chronic migraines, muscle pain and stiffness and eye twitching. It is also used by dermatologists as a treatment for the condition known as hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Most people expect to sweat when they exercise or when it is hot out, but not when it’s cold or they are just sitting around. Sweating is typically initiated by external conditions to help regulate our body temperatures, but people with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively due to over-active sweat glands in their bodies. Excessive sweating from hyperhidrosis usually occurs in the underarms, hands and feet, but it can affect other areas of they body as well. Hyperhidrosis can have a very negative impact on a person’s life and can make them feel uncomfortable in social situations, which is why most people who suffer from hyperhidrosis seek treatment.
How Can Botox Treatments Help Hyperhidrosis?
Botox for hyperhidrosis was approved by the FDA in 2004, and since then it has helped many patients suffering from excessive sweating. To treat hyperhidrosis, Botox injections are applied to the problem area, like the underarms, for example. The Botox toxin is able to stop the production of the chemical that activates sweat glands in this area for a certain amount of time (usually four to five months). When the treatment wears off, the patient can simply go back in for another set of injections.
What are the Side Effects of Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
Side effects of Botox for hyperhidrosis are generally very mild, if they are present at all. Some potential side effects include redness, bruising and swelling at the site of the injection. There are some more serious side effects that may occur with Botox treatments, but they are very rare. As always, it is a good idea to discuss potential side effects with your doctor before having any injections administered.
Now you know, Botox is not just for getting rid of wrinkles. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis and have not found a treatment that helps, Botox could provide a solution. More.