If there is excessive sweating of at least 6 months duration with at least two of the following characteristics then primary Hyperhydrosis is present and this can be treated with Injections. Bilateral and relatively symmetrical sweating? Impairs daily activity? At least one episode per week? Onset before the age of 25 years? Positive family history?
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For complete prescribing information for Botox for hyperhidrosis, click here. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin "turns off" sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 to 12 months, but some studies have found it can last as long as 14 months.
Compensatory sweating sweating on other body parts, common after ETS surgery has not been found to be a concern. Repeat injections are needed after 6 months. Botox for palmar sweating may cause temporary pain and weakness in the hands.
Botox injections work well on the head and face, but the injection technique requires skill, so patients should seek an experienced practitioner. A potential side effect of Botox injections in the face as a treatment for sweating is asymmetry, particularly of the forehead.
This can happen if some of the Botox diffuses into the facial muscles. Such asymmetry, however, is always temporary and can, if necessary, be balanced-out by additional Botox injections. To find a physician in your area who is familiar with hyperhidrosis treatments , use our Physician Finder. Physicians who have attended an International Hyperhidrosis Society educational event which includes intensive, hands-on training on using Botox to treat hyperhidrosis are designated as having been "IHhS Educated.
Many physicians, in fact, prefer three to four days of hair growth prior to Botox injections. During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox just under the skin intermittently throughout the area of excessive sweating in a grid pattern, approximately every 1 to 2 centimeters.
To ease any potential discomfort, physicians may use one or more of a number of anesthetic techniques such as nerve blocks, ice, or vibration analgesia. The cost of Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis will vary depending upon the size of the body area you need treated and whether insurance will cover any of the price for you. Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will go away gradually usually in about a week and return gradually.
Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals varying from 7 to 16 months. Next Steps Have you talked to your doctor about excessive sweating? If not, now is the time! Learn more about how you and your doctor can work together to find the right treatment, or combination of treatments, to manage your hyperhidrosis. Are you interested in trying local botulinum toxin injections for hyperhidrosis?
Use it today! Finally, you may want to consider participating in a clinical trial. Patients enrolled in clinical trials often receive treatments free of charge.
Research and References Ready to learn more about Botox for the treatment of excessive sweating? Here are links to some relevant articles and abstracts published in medical journals:.
Everything You Need to Know About Botox for Sweating
What is botox? Botox injections are used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Botox is a neurotoxin made from the microbes that cause botulism a kind of food poisoning. Botox got its start as a cosmetic treatment. It smooths facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Doctors also use Botox to treat neuromuscular conditions such as migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis.
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