Those who suffer from hyperhidrosis are already aware of the pain and awkwardness that it can cause. There are a variety of treatments that are out there to help wrangle in the effects of the condition. One of the ways to treat hyperhidrosis is with injections of Botox. Here are the details, along with a brief explanation of the condition.
What is Botox?
Botox is short for Botulinum Toxin Type A and while the name sounds scary, it isn’t. The substance is a neurotoxin that has been used for years to treat frown lines and wrinkles as it relaxes the skin. Botox is also used to treat a variety of conditions including tense muscles, spasms, and more. It can also be used for treating hyperhidrosis.
How Does Botox Fight Hyperhidrosis?
By injecting Botox under the skin, you are blocking the signals to the glands that produce sweat. In other words, you are cutting off the transmission from your brain that tells your body it is time to sweat.
This treatment is a step above standard treatments and is best used for those who have already tried all topical remedies such as over-the-counter or prescription deodorant.
Most people will see results within 72 hours of treatment. Results may start of small and increase as the Botox has time to work.
The only area currently approved by the FDA for treatment by Botox (for hyperhidrosis) is the armpit. So far it is the safest area that can be treated. In the future other areas may be approved after testing has completed and safety regulations have been developed.
Is It Permanent?
Most other treatments for hyperhidrosis are not permanent and neither is Botox. The difference is that Botox tends to last a lot longer than other treatments and is effective for up to 8 months at a time. After eight months, you can go back in and receive another treatment.
Most medical facilities will only treat patients between the ages of 18 and 64 due to the need to be in good medical condition.
The only permanent treatments for hyperhidrosis are surgical and present risks. Medical professionals will typically only use surgical routes after all other methods are exhausted such as treatment with an iontophoresis device.
What Are The Risks of Using Botox?
As a neurotoxin it is true that Botox carries with it certain risks. In fact, Botulinum Toxin Type A is one of the most toxic substances that is known. Like many things in life though, it is not toxic in small amounts. In most cases, the injection a doctor will give you has very little chances of causing any side effects.
One of the most common reactions to Botox is anaphylaxis, or allergic shock. People are allergic either to the neurotoxin itself or one of the ingredients that it is prepared with.
You may also experience muscle weakness, tiredness, or even vision problems. In most cases these are temporary and will be gone within days. Sometimes it lasts for a week or two. Do not drive or engage in any activities if this happens.
Problems with airway management and swallowing. Some people have had trouble breathing or controlling their airway after an injection of Botox. If this starts, seek emergency medical assistance as this can be fatal.
Any time that you believe you might be experiencing side effects from any medication, you should let your doctor know.
Getting rid of the symptoms of hyperhidrosis can be a big step in a person’s life. You regain confidence, are less embarrassed, and most of all, don’t have to worry about drying your clothing. Botox injections can help with that and make the difference that you are looking for in your life.