Q: I have an embarrassing problem. I can’t stop sweating under my arms and I’ve tried everything. Will Botox® really work to control this dilemma? Kassandra, Warsaw
A. Kassandra, I’m so sorry you have to deal with this uncomfortable problem. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating, affects about 8 million people in the United States. Not only can it cause you to avoid social situations for fear of sweating through your clothes or body odor, but it can also affect your work and romantic life as well. I have heard of patients who will only wear dark clothing or will stick paper towels under their arms to try and deal with the sweating or will only work at jobs where they do not have to interact with people.
It sounds like you have tried numerous solutions to curb your underarm sweating. Those may have included various deodorants and antiperspirants, oral medication, avoiding spicy foods and alcohol, wearing loose clothing or bringing extra clothing to work. If you have tried all of these options with no real success it might be time to consider Botox®. While most people associate the use of Botox with smoothing out the wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes, the FDA actually approved the use of Botox for underarm sweating 10 years ago.
Clinical studies have shown that 75 percent of those treated with Botox for underarm sweating responded favorably four weeks after their treatment. A Botox treatment can help control this condition by temporarily blocking chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. As an added bonus, Kassandra, when you are treated with Botox for underarm sweating the results typically last six to eight months before another treatment is needed. When you receive Botox for wrinkles in your face, treatments are needed about every three months.
Kassandra, be sure and consult with a medical professional first to make certain you are a good candidate for Botox for underarm sweating and that it isn’t being caused by another medical condition such as an overactive thyroid. If Botox is right for you, you should expect to see significant improve in two to four weeks. If you have any more questions about Botox and underarm sweating, don’t hesitate to talk to your medical aesthetics provider.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
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