Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, results from over-stimulation of the sweat glands by the nervous system.
Most commonly the sweating is restricted to the palms of the hands, underarms, or the soles of the feet, and is referred to as “focal hyperhidrosis.” Consequences of this frustrating problem can be medical as well a social in that maceration of the skin may lead to skin infections.
Treatments have include oral medications, topical anti-perspirants, electrical current stimulation, and even surgery to cut the nerves to the sweat glands. These options all have met with differing success rates, may be associated with side-effects and time inconveniences, and now are supplemented by the option of BOTOX injections which are preferable to many sufferers.
Most people are only familiar with BOTOX Cosmetic, used to treat the overactive facial expression muscles. The treatment for hyperhidrosis works in the same way in that BOTOX blocks the chemical signal, in this case, activating the sweat gland.
BOTOX for focal hyperhidrosis in the hand, underarms, and feet is safe, effective and convenient. For some sufferers, having their “business handshake” hand treated is boon in the workplace. One treatment can stop 90% of the sweat production within one week, and only one treatment in a year affords great advantages over many of the other options to tackle this troublesome condition.