Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder affecting many people. Palmar hyperhidrosis or sweaty palms is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, causing excessive sweating of the hands.
Hyperhidrosis affects many body areas
Hyperhidrosis can also cause excessive foot, underarm and facial sweating. It is thought that hyperhidrosis is a result of over activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Sweating is often uncontrollable, embarrassing and not anticipated . Normal sweating is needed for thermal regulation however in people suffering from hyperhidrosis, sweating exceeds the bodys need for physiological thermal regulation.
Sweating is a necessary bodily function
Sweating is an essential body function to keep the body cool, but in some people, the sweat glands become overactive resulting in constantly annoying and embarrassing wet underarm circles, or sweaty hands. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and they sweat even when the body does not need cooling.
Areas affected by hyperhidrosis include the underarms (axillary), soles of the feet, palms of the hands, face and the scalp. Palmar hyperhidrosis or sweaty palms is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, causing excessive sweating of the hands. It is thought that hyperhidrosis is a result of over activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Instead of camouflaging your underarm stains by wearing black or dark clothing or constantly applying more antiperspirant, which contains aluminum, there is a simple and affordable treatment – Botox or Dysport. Yes, the same injectables you love to relax your brow wrinkles and crow’s feet, can be injected to calm down the sweat glands, resulting in four to five months of relief at a time. Patients have reported they’ve received relief for six months or more; however, we tell patients the estimated duration based on the information from the manufacturers.
Botox and Dysport are FDA Approved for Hyperhidrosis
Botox is FDA approved for use in the axillary area. Dr. Jochen also has injected it in the soles and palms with good success. For axillary, the typical dosage is about 50 units of Botox per underarm. Sometimes insurance companies will pay for this treatment, depending on your insurance, and in some cases if you can show that other treatments have failed, such as medications, which have unwanted side effects and topical prescription antiperspirants, which are not a great solution for other areas of the body.
If you are tired of dealing with excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis, give us a call to schedule a consultation to see if Botox or Dysport might be a good option to help improve your quality of life.
Dr. Jochen can treat the excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis with an FDA approved method that uses Botox or Dysport injections to disable the sweat glands under your arms, hands, or feet.