Botox® injections have emerged as a versatile treatment for a variety of clinical conditions. From smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles to treating complex muscle spasticity disorders, newer applications for this treatment are being developed every day. Hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating can be embarrassing to the individual and over time can have a significant impact on their quality of life.
Sweating is a common phenomenon that occurs in every human being. It can be a response to exercise and exposure to heat, and is a method to maintain body temperature and preventing over-heating. However, in some rare cases, sweating can be a lot more than what is considered ‘physiological’.
Initial treatment options for hyperhidrosis include the use of over the counter antiperspirants which are effective in most cases. However, hyperhidrosis can affect parts of the body such as the hands and feet which can be hard to treat with such measures.
The Role of Botox®
Botox® has been used in the recent years in treating patients who suffer from excessive sweating. It works by blocking the nerves that are responsible for stimulating the sweat glands produce sweat. Treatments can be offered at specific areas where excessive sweating occurs such as the armpits, and can be very effective. The advantage of the treatment is also that it is fairly straightforward to administer when offered by an expert healthcare professional.
Evidence suggests that Botox® injections are a useful treatment in managing hyperhidrosis. Treatment effects last for a period ranging between 4 to 6 months, and repeat treatments may be required to maintain dryness. Botox does not offer a cure for excessive sweating.
After treatment is administered, effects can take up to 4 weeks or so to show. Patients report good results and may not require future use of antiperspirants. Sweat glands are microscopic, so treatments may miss a few of these glands, meaning patients may still experience mild sweating, and this is easily controllable with over the counter measures if required.
In a nutshell, it appears Botox® injections can help patients get over excessive sweating as a problem, restoring their confidence and re-building their self esteem.
Are there any side effects?
Unfortunately, as is the case with any treatment, Botox® also is associated with side effects. Patients may experience pain at the site of injection, mild bleeding an bruising and generalized tiredness. Allergic reactions may occur but are rare.
Botox® has yet another benefit on top of its entire range – to help patients with excessive sweating problems. Treatment can be targeted and very effective and can help get back their quality of life.
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