Sweating is a natural process of the body, used to cool the body down and regulate its internal temperature. However, some people find they sweat much more than the average individual, Excessive sweating is not usually a serious medical concern, but it can be an uncomfortable or sometimes embarrassing problem for those who must live with it daily. The good news is treatment options like Botox injections are available to curb the sweat and help individuals live without the discomfort of excess moisture and body odor.
Treatment is generally recommended for patients with excessive sweating of the underarms, palms or feet. Known as hyperhidrosis, this condition can become a challenge for individuals to cope with on a daily basis. Some signs that you suffer from excessive sweating might include:
- Need to change clothes multiple times during the day
- Avoidance of certain types of clothing due to concerns over sweating
- Avoidance of some social situations due to embarrassment over sweating
- Difficulty shaking hands or doing work with hands due to sweating
Sweating may be a primary condition or it might be caused by an underlying medical condition or medication. It is important to have your condition assessed by a physician before considering treatment. If the cause is an underlying medical condition, treatment for that condition may alleviate the sweat problem. Medications that cause excessive sweating can often be changed to manage the problem more effectively.
Botox injections have been used for many years to treat excessive underarm sweating. The injections are placed directly into the arm pit. Sweat production will only be reduced in the area treated with Botox, so sweating will continue in other areas.
Botox injections take just a few minutes to complete and involve minimal discomfort. Patients that are worried about feeling pain during the procedure may ask for a topical numbing cream prior to treatment. The botulinum toxin is administered directly to the area of the sweat gland using a very fine needle.
Patients treated with Botox may see an improvement in their sweat production right away. The results of Botox for this specific purpose may last for up to 6-10 months before additional treatments are required. To learn more about treatment options for excessive sweating, contact Dr. Dilip Madnani at 212-203-8591.
*Individual results may vary.