Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a condition which causes increased sweating and perspiration. Most people who suffer from hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating on their hands, feet, armpits, and groin area.

Cause of Hyperhidrosis

The cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown, however, many surgeons believe that the cause is due to sympathetic over-activity. When a person is suffering from hyperhidrosis, there are certain factors which can exacerbate the situation.

  • Nervousness
  • Excitement
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Sugary drinks
  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine
  • Certain smells

One of the most common complaints that people who suffer from hyperhidrosis have is that they begin to sweat due to their condition, and then they begin sweating, they get nervous. This nervousness can make the sweating even worse.

Diagnosing Hyperhidrosis

It takes a dermatologist to diagnose hyperhidrosis. The dermatologist will give the patient a physical exam. During the exam, the doctor will look closely at the areas where the patient complains about excessive sweating. The doctor will also ask the patient questions regarding the problem. This will give the doctor a better understanding of why the patient suffers from excessive sweating. In some cases, the doctor will perform a sweat test. This is a test where the doctor will coat the skin with a powder, which will turn purple when the skin gets wet from sweat.

Risk Factors of Hyperhidrosis

There are no physical risks for a person who suffers from hyperhidrosis. There are, however, some serious psychological problems that can come from hyperhidrosis. People who suffer fromhyperhidrosis often avoid going outdoors when it is hot outside. This can make them miss social functions and events, which can lead to depression. Many people who suffer from hyperhidrosiscannot live the lives that they wish they could due to the embarrassment that the condition causes.

Treating Hyperhidrosis With Botox

When antiperspirants, iontophoresis, and other medications fail to work in the treatment ofhyperhidrosis, many dermatologists recommend Botox. Botox is a drug which has been becoming more and more common. Many people get Botox to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also used for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Botox is not a cure for this condition, but it can provide temporary relief. When the botox for hyperhidrosis is injected in the skin, its proteins block the nerves which supply the endocrine gland. This will prevent the endocrine gland from producing sweat.

The Procedure

Before the doctor administers the botox for hyperhidrosis, the skin would be cleaned to prevent infection. Typically, there would be no anesthetic required, especially if the injection is will be placed in the armpit, which is the most common injection site. During the process, fifteen injections are used in both armpits. The injections are given rater quickly, and the procedure typically lasts between 15 and 45 minutes.

After Care

The after care instructions for botox for hyperhidrosis are relatively simple. Patients are told to understand that it can take up to a week to notice a difference, and not to be discouraged if nothing happens in the first few days. Patients should also avoid massaging or putting pressure on the infection site for a few days.

Side Effects

Following Botox treatment, it is not uncommon for the patient to feel pain and tenderness for the first few days. Some patients will suffer from muscle weakness, which wears off quickly. More serious side effects include flu-like symptoms, blurred vision, tiredness, and neck pain.

Hyperhidrosis can cause a great deal of upset and anxiety. The best chance that patients have of getting some relief from the condition is Botox.