People cursed with excessive sweating, clinically known as hyperhidrosis, can sometimes feel as if they’re alone in having this problem. In reality, hyperhidrosis is quite common, affecting around three percent of the world’s population. As we’re in the midst of a hot California summer, maybe it’s time to let Dr. Malamet help you solve your sweating problem.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is the way our body cools itself, usually in response to heat or stress. But for those with hyperhidrosis, they sweat even when the body doesn’t need to cool itself. They can sweat in air-conditioned rooms.
While this condition can affect the entire body, it is more prevalent on the hands, feet, armpits, and groin. Of course, these are also the areas with the most sweat glands.
What causes the sweating?
Hyperhidrosis is a bit of a mystery. It is thought to be triggered by some of these factors:
- Problems with the sympathetic nervous system
- Hormonal shifts, particularly in women
- Consumption of certain foods, drinks, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
Botox to the rescue
You may know Botox for its wrinkle reducing qualities. Some wrinkles are formed by muscle contractions under the skin from repeated behaviors such as frowning or squinting. The muscle contracts and a wrinkle forms on the surface. When injected into those muscles, Botox blocks the message from the nerve to the brain, so the brain never receives the signal to contract the muscle. Without the contraction below, the wrinkle above never forms.
Botox works in the same way with your sweat glands. When injected into the area prone to excessive sweating, Botox blocks the signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive the chemical signals to get busy producing sweat, they don’t and sweating is reduced.
You may think that this would lead to some backup of sweat. But sweat is only produced as a reaction in the body; it’s not a continual thing. So, when Botox blocks an area from sweating, that’s all it’s doing. Sweat still goes on elsewhere as needed.
How long will Botox stop the sweating?
Studies from Allergan, the maker of Botox, show that patients have significantly reduced sweating for up to 200 days with a single Botox treatment. After that time, another injection session will be needed to maintain the reduction.
Interested in losing the sweat? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and ask about Botox for excessive sweating.