Botox and Excessive Sweating


Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating primarily in the underarms and hands can be a nuisance to some. While it is not a serious medical problem, it can cause embarassment which affects one's quality of life. If antiperspirants are not cutting it, do you know that Botox can help?

Approved by the US-FDA for use in severe hyperhidrosis in the underarms, Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is a natural purified protein which temporarily blocks the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for producing body's sweat glands. Botox injections are very shallow, (just below the surface of the skin where it remains). This procedure blocks the sweating in the areas it was injected. Results start in about 4 days and lasts between 4 to 12 months. The whole procedure is performed in a clinic setting in 15 minutes or less. It is best not to shave the area of treatment (at least 3 days of hair growth) before your appointment. Your doctor will schedule a follow-up with you in two weeks for assessment and evaluation. Based on studies, 82-87% reported decrease in sweating in the underarms and 80%-90% in palms.

Talk to your doctor if you have hyperhidrosis; why prolong the agony if there is a solution, right?

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