Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, is a common condition that afflicts about 3 percent of the population and can start at any age. Caused by overactive sweat glands, it is most problematic in the underarms and palms although other areas are sometimes involved. People with this unbearably sweaty condition can be be plagued by wet clothes, skin infections, a soggy handshake, social embarrassment, and a crisis of confidence.
For those who have tried dozens of antiperspirants and all of grandma’s home remedies with no success, there is a better solution. Botox! Usually thought of for cosmetics, Botox was approved by the FDA in 2004 for excessive underarm sweating and can be a welcomed, effective alternative for many patients.
Botox works by blocking the nerve signal that stimulates the overactive sweat glands resulting in reduced sweating in the treated areas. For the underarms, the average is about 40 to 50 units of Botox injected on each side. The improvement usually begins in a few weeks, can last up to 6 months, and can be repeated when needed. The procedure takes only about 10 minutes and is essentially painless.