How Botox is Used for Excessive Underarm Sweating (Axillary Hyperhidrosis)

Excessive underarm sweating can be an embarrassing and life altering problem for those who suffer from it, but it doesn’t have to be. There is a name for this condition, it is called Axillary Hyperhidrosis, and there exists a safe and easy treatment for people who suffer from this problem.
You may have heard of Botox in relations to its cosmetic uses such as smoothing out facial lines. However, Botox is less commonly known for its therapeutic use for several medical conditions, including overactive sweat glands in the underarms (or Axillary Hyperhidrosis.) Botox (Onabotulinumtoxin A) has been an FDA approved treatment for Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms) since 2004 and has been used successfully in several other countries as well.

Safely “Turn-Off” Sweat Glands in the Underarms

According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, “Botox is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for ‘turning on’ the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin ‘turns off’ sweating at the area where it has been injected.”

Sweating is an essential body function for temperature-regulation, but contrary to what you might expect, the underarms only produce a very small percentage of sweat compared to the rest of the body. Therefore, treatment of this area has no effect on the body’s natural ability to thermoregulate itself. How much sweat is normal, and what is considered “excessive”? For people suffering from Axillary Hyperhidrosis, sweat is more than a nuisance, it is a life altering problem. When the sweat glands are overactive it is as if they are always stuck in an “on” position. You may find yourself changing your shirt several times a day or using pads under your arms to soak up sweat.

Most people find relief from underarm wetness by using an antiperspirant and this should be the first plan of action before considering Botox. There are different strengths of antiperspirants including clinical and prescription strength. If you have explored this route with no relief, then Botox injections may be the next best option for you.

More About How Botox is Used for Hyperhidrosis

Botox is not a one time fix or cure for excessive sweating, to maintain the results is is necessary to continue getting the injections at regular intervals. Botox is injected into tissues of the armpit and results may vary according to the severity of the condition, but typically treatment produces approximately six months of relief from sweating between treatments.

If you find dealing with Axillary Hyperhidrosis is interfering with your quality of life, causing you to avoid social situations where you may have physical contact with others, it’s time to intervene and start living the way you were meant to. Check your local directory for professionals offering Botox treatment for Hyperhidrosis in your area or contact us at WIFH and ask to schedule a consultation to find out if this treatment is right for you.

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