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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Can Botox Help Underarm Sweating?


I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal today about using Botox to treat unwanted underarm sweating. Uncontrolled or overactive sweat glands can be very embarrassing and cause hesitancy in appearing in public due to very noticeable underarm staining from the sweat.

Fortunately, while a chronic condition, it can be easily managed with a variety of techniques. Of course, antiperspirants are a mainstay of therapy, but they are not uniformly effective and can cause rashes and skin sensitivity.

Some medications, such as beta-blockers, are helpful but they have side effects that can make them problematic. Specifically, these beta-blockers, often used for high blood pressure, can cause slowing of the heart rate (a problem with active individuals) and drowsiness.

Botox can easily be placed in each axilla (underarm) to markedly reduce the output of the sweat glands. Because the needles are tiny, and the volume of Botox used rather minimal for the area treated, patients barely feel any discomfort. Even the patients most fearful of needles are very comfortable with a local anesthetic. The duration of the effect on sweating is often up to a year, longer than when used for facial frown lines or crow's feet.

Patients with significant hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) have found remarkable benefit from Botox injections in the underarm area. It's very safe and can make a big impact on their social and professional activities.

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