Remedy for Too Much Sweat
It’s a fact of life; everyone sweats. Sweating is a natural process used to cool the body down and keep the internal temperature in check. However, some people find they sweat much more than others – to the point where it becomes both physically uncomfortable and socially embarrassing. Excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, is not usually a significant medical concern. However, it can severely impact a person’s quality of life in some cases, leading some people to seek treatment. Fortunately, there is now a non-surgical remedy that can stop sweat in its tracks without anesthesia or downtime.
Hyperhidrosis is a relatively common condition that affects around 7.8 million Americans. While the condition typically presents during adolescence, adults can develop the problem as well. Hyperhidrosis can affect nearly any area of the body, but the most common areas are the armpits, hands and soles of the feet. For some sufferers, the problem becomes so pronounced they must change clothing multiple times a day. They may also avoid certain activities due to concerns that their sweating will be an embarrassment to them.
Causes of Hyperhidrosis
There are two basic types of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis is usually caused by an underlying medical condition or certain types of medication. In these situations, treating the underlying problem or switching medication may be sufficient to solve the problem.
Primary hyperhidrosis occurs without any underlying cause, although genetics may play a role. This type of hyperhidrosis typically occurs in focalized areas and usually on both sides of the body at the same time. This is the type of hyperhidrosis Dr. Madnani typically treats at his New York City offices, using a minimally-invasive injectable procedure commonly associated with anti-aging benefits.
Treating Hyperhidrosis at its Source
Botox, a prescription medication frequently used to smooth away facial creases, can also be used as an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. This medication contains trace amounts of the botulinum toxin, which works as an anti-aging treatment by relaxing facial muscles that lead to the formation of wrinkles. When injected into strategic locations under the arms, Botox blocks the nerves that trigger the sweat glands, stopping the production of sweat.
Botox was approved by the FDA for the treatment of hyperhidrosis in 2004, and has been successfully used on hundreds of patients suffering from this embarrassing condition. The procedure is relatively comfortable, thanks to the application of ice or a topical numbing cream prior to injections. Injections take just a few minutes to complete and there is no downtime after the procedure.
Patients that undergo Botox injections for hyperhidrosis often experience positive results for up to 6-12 months from a single treatment. However, the results of Botox are temporary and the procedure will need to be repeated once or twice a year to maintain them. The treatment does not affect the patient’s body to cool itself, since not all the sweat glands of the body are affected by the procedure.
Botox is a quick and effective way to treat hyperhidrosis. If you are embarrassed by excessive sweating, contact Madnani Facial Plastics today at 212-203-8591 or 516-226-1080 to find out if Botox is the right treatment for you.