Do you carry extra clothes everywhere in case you need to change because of sweaty patches? Do you avoid shaking hands? Have people commented on how much you sweat?
Sweating is a biological process that serves an important purpose, but when you sweat excessively, it can impact your life in uncomfortable ways. The highly skilled doctors at SINY® Dermatology know that excessive sweating can negatively impact you, even if it’s not a dangerous health condition.
The medical name for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. Treatment is available, and you may be surprised by what a simple process it is. We offer two treatments for hyperhidrosis: Botox® and miraDry®. This blog focuses on how Botox can improve your excessive sweating.
Sweating is your body’s method of cooling, but when you have hyperhidrosis, you produce much more sweat than needed to stay cool. The extra moisture can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Hyperhidrosis usually affects the hands, feet, or underarms, and it can cause practical problems as well as discomfort. For example, with very sweaty hands, you may find it difficult to hold objects. You may also be more prone to skin infections if your skin stays damp with sweat.
Almost 3% of Americans experience hyperhidrosis. Researchers believe the condition is the result of overactivity in the nerves that trigger your sweat glands. There’s also an association between hyperhidrosis and other medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and infections.
The main symptom of hyperhidrosis is an excessive amount of sweat. You may sweat much more than conditions would seem to indicate. In other words, it may not be terribly hot, yet you’re sweating through your clothing.
You may think of Botox as a cosmetic treatment, but it has medical uses as well — including treating hyperhidrosis. The injectable has been approved by the FDA for treatment of excessive sweating.
The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin. When it’s injected to treat hyperhidrosis, it disrupts the chemical signals that trigger your sweat glands. As a result, sweating in the area is reduced for as long as the Botox remains.
When you choose Botox to treat your hyperhidrosis, we take the time to explain the procedure step-by-step and to answer all of your questions. When you have the procedure done, we make sure you’re comfortable, providing local anesthetic if you need it.
For underarm treatment, you can expect 25-35 injections in each of your underarms. The needle is very small, so don’t worry about the high number of injections.
Afterward you may feel some slight soreness or even have a bit of swelling, but those issues should resolve quickly. You can return immediately to your normal activities and don’t need to schedule recovery time.
You can expect the treatment to last for four months to one year. If you’re satisfied with how it worked to improve your excessive sweating, you can schedule another treatment when the first one begins to wear off.
You don’t have to live with the discomfort and embarrassment of hyperhidrosis. Schedule an appointment at the SINY Dermatology location of your choice and let our experts make a treatment recommendation.