Plano residents realize benefits of Botox treatment for excessive sweating

Before Botox treated the expression lines between our eyebrows, it was used to treat uncontrolled blinking and esophageal spasms.

By the mid-1990s, doctors in the U.K. linked injections of this substance to reduced sweating – representing the first time Botox was used to treat non-muscular conditions.

The FDA deemed the preparation an effective treatment for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis, approving it in 2002 for underarm sweating that couldn’t be managed with antiperspirants and prescription medications. Botox has since been used to treat everything from chronic migraines to overactive bladder.

Effectiveness

Clinical studies have shown 55 percent of patients treated with Botox had an effective response, defined as an improvement of at least two grades on the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale.

HDDS ranks the severity of the condition on a scale of one to four, with one or two indicating mild to moderate hyperhidrosis. A score of three or four is characterized as severe hyperhidrosis, which frequently or always interferes with day-to-day living.

Over 80 percent of those patients treated with Botox had the severity of sweating cut down by at least half.

Only six percent of those treated without the injections had an “effective response.” Of those treated without Botox, only 41 percent achieved a greater than 50 percent reduction in sweating.

How it works

Botox works in generally the same way, regardless of the condition it treats – the signs of aging, movement disorders, or excessive sweating.

When injected, it can relax trouble areas by blocking the nerve signals.

With excessive sweating, a small amount of the solution is injected into the affected underarms. These injections are very superficial (high up in the skin) and most patients report minimal discomfort. This solution prevents the stimulation of the glands that make the sweat.

If you have hyperhidrosis, the nerves that trigger your glands to produce perspiration are in hyper-drive. Botox effectively blocks the communication between those overactive nerves and your sweat glands.

You simply don’t sweat in those treated areas. You continue to perspire normally in other, untreated areas of the body -- vital for healthy function, especially in Plano where we’re blessed with 60 plus-degree temperatures even in the dead of winter. After all, we need this sweat to cool us down when it’s steamy outside or when we’re exercising.

Many patients report relief of the sweating for as many as 6-8 months with no daily maintenance at all besides wearing underarm antiperspirant as usual!

Sweat becomes a problem when there is so much it coats your work papers, saturates your shirts, or drips from your hands. You may avoid social situations. Don’t let this condition control you. Take control by calling our compassionate team at Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery in Plano - 972-985-9003.

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