Let’s face it, sweating is not the most graceful thing our body does. It’s gross and wet and smelly and stains our clothes. You may think sweating is a huge problem. It annoys all of us while exercising or on hot days, which here in the desert happens too often! But sweating is not a problem at all. It’s our body’s way to control temperature and regulate our water levels. To combat sweating, we use deodorants, antiperspirants, and stain removers. How much sweating is too much? And more importantly, what can we do about it?
Sweating too much is a condition known as hyperhidrosis. There is no quantity of sweat that’s a measure for whether or not you might have hyperhidrosis because it’s more about WHEN you’re sweating and not how MUCH you’re sweating. Are you sweating while working out? Is it 100 degrees outside? You’re probably okay. Are you sweating while seated calmly? While relaxed? Or while you’re in a cool area? There’s a good chance you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Sweating isn’t something we all typically want to talk about; especially if it’s an embarrassing amount. I understand that excess sweating can take away from leading a normal life. Do you not raise your hand in class because you’re afraid of the wet spots under your arms? Do you not hold hands with loved ones because of clammy hands? There is something we can do to help.
If underarm sweating significantly interferes with your daily activities and topical agents haven’t worked in controlling the problem, you may be a candidate for Botox treatment.
That’s right – Botox! While it’s best-known for its effectiveness in relaxing facial wrinkles, Botox is also FDA-approved for treating excessive underarm sweating, or hyperhydrosis. Botox treatment helps control this condition by temporarily blocking chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive these chemical signals, the excessive sweating stops.
Most patients notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within four weeks of their first treatment, and the results last from six months to a year. Please that this is considered a cosmetic treatment.
If you are bothered by excessive sweating, we invite you to talk with us to learn more about this option to help this condition.