Hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) is a condition that affects many people. Previously, sufferers had few viable treatment options available to them and this has lead to a large segment of the population being forced to live their lives dealing with an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem. Fortunately, modern studies into the effects of BOTOX® treatments have resulted in a fantastic solution for patients afflicted with hyperhidrosis.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis disorder causes roughly one percent of the world’s population to suffer from excessive sweating around the feet, hands and/or armpits. Although it is a prevalent condition that greatly affects lives, scientists are still (as of yet) unable to pinpoint the exact causes behind its occurrence. To date the only definite, underlying factor that has been identified is that hyperhidrosis is linked to the nervous system — a part of us that controls all sweating, normal or excessive.
There are several different triggers that seem to cause hyperhidrosis sufferers to experience excessive sweating however. Often these can be related to exercise, stress or swells of emotion but, aside from these events, sweating can also occur with no warning. Without being able to prepare for hyperhidrosis to strike, sufferers are forced to live in fear of excessive sweating affecting them during an otherwise normal part of their day.
How Can BOTOX® Help?
Years of studies in BOTOX® application have lead to a wealth of information about the product’s medicinal properties and, among its many benefits, researchers have discovered its ability to be used as an effective hyperhidrosis treatment option. BOTOX® works by blocking neuromuscular transmissions (signals sent from the brain that tell muscles to clench or contract) and, because of this, it can be used to disrupt our nervous system’s sweating triggers.
When hyperhidrosis patients don’t respond adequately to topical solutions (like antiperspirants) and choose not to undergo invasive surgery, BOTOX® is often recommended as the best solution. BOTOX®, as mentioned above, blocks the signals sent to sweat glands, stopping them from activating and causing excessive sweating.
What Should I Expect After BOTOX® Treatment?
Most patients notice improvement in their condition roughly four weeks after their first session of treatment. Once BOTOX® has been injected to the problem area (usually the hands, feet or underarms) the targeted sweat glands will begin to respond quickly without affecting other areas of the face or body. Regular follow-up treatments allow patients to maintain the benefits of BOTOX® by repeatedly introducing the product’s transmission blocking ingredients into the body, cutting off excessive sweating at its source.