Hyperhidrosis is the medical term to describe excessive sweating. It refers to any abnormal sweating (i.e., sweating when it’s not hot) and requires stronger antiperspirants to combat the condition.
Although neurologic, endocrine, infectious, and other systemic diseases may cause hyperhidrosis, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy. Heat and psychological aspects may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many who suffer from it sweat throughout the whole day, regardless of their mood or the weather.
Most people sweat when they exercise or exert themselves, are in a hot environment, or are anxious or under stress. Excessive sweating from hyperhidrosis far exceeds normal sweating. Hyperhidrosis usually affects the hands, feet, underarms, or face at least once a week. Sweating also occurs on both sides of the body. See your doctor if:
Botox injections are a new treatment option for people with hyperhidrosis. You may be a candidate for Botox if your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants. Botox has been FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively from their armpits. It may also be utilized “off-label” to reduce sweating in other areas, such as the hands, feet, and face.
Despite being sourced from a neurotoxin from microbes that cause botulism, Botox is incredibly safe when administered appropriately by a medical professional.
The actual procedure typically takes 30 to 45 minutes, and patients return home the same day. Sedentary activity may be resumed within a day or two, and more physical activities after a week or two. The postoperative pain that may occur is minimal and can be treated by over-the-counter medication or mild prescription medications.