HYPERHYDROSIS (excessive sweating)
Hyperhydrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. It refers to abnormal sweating, such as sweating when it is not hot, or sweating excessively, often soaking though clothing. Neither lifestyle modifications nor prescription anti-perspirants work in some cases and therefore alternative management is needed.
Treatment with Botox has been FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively from their armpits and can be administered safely and effectively by appropriately trained doctors. It works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating sweat glands, resulting in minimal or no sweating. Results are impressive and can drastically improve quality of life.
Multiple injections are required in each armpit but the procedure is relatively quick, with minimal pain, and no downtime. Results are seen within 2 weeks and dryness lasts for between 4 and 12 months. Further treatment will then be needed to continue to reduce or eliminate underarm sweating.