With spring already in full bloom, you already know what next to expect – summer!
Summers are usually looked forward to by people. It always means long, lazy days relaxing on the beach, getaways to beach destinations, and overall, a season for having fun. However, people with hyperhidrosis – the tendency to sweat unpredictably and heavily – can look upon the upcoming scorching summer with dread. The summer heat and scorching sun can all mean one thing – SWEAT!
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating, most especially on the palms, the underarms, and the feet. It doesn’t necessarily mean that heat causes hyperhidrosis, because in some cases, people afflicted with it still sweat heavily even if they are in cold areas. It can be hereditary, passed on from one generation to another.
Although it isn’t considered a health condition, it may get in the way with everyday activities. Sweaty palms can make it difficult for the person to hold on to the steering wheel and shake people’s hands. Profuse underarm sweating will lead to numerous changing of clothes each day, to avoid the embarrassment of getting seen with waterfalls under their arms.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Most of the people recognize Botox (botulinum toxin type A) as a treatment for wrinkles, lines and saggy skin. What you may not know is that it can also help those who suffer from Hyperhidrosis. Botox restrains the release of the chemical acetylcholine from the nerve cells of the body, thus preventing the calling out of signals that rouse the sweat glands.
A clinical research states that 55% of 322 people who had severe Hyperhidrosis showed positive response to Botox treatment. Most of them felt that their sweating has decreased significantly. However, it is to be noted that Botox will not permanently stop Hyperhidrosis; rather, the treatment has to be done every six-eight months since the effects will eventually wear off.
The underarm Botox treatment is a relatively painless procedure, as it is done with a tiny needle. The procedure is quite quick and only lasts for ten-fifteen minutes. However, patients and dermatologists state that the Botox treatment for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet require a local anesthetic, since it can be quite painful.
After the treatment, the side-effects experience may be slight pain in the area of treatment, fever, sore throat and headache. These can be managed and will reduce over the next few hours or days, but the good thing is that the sweating will be gone. Having Botox for Hyperhidrosis is a way to stop the embarrassing and limiting condition. Schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment.