Sweating is a very natural and healthy physiological response with a primary role of cooling your body down when you overheat. Another very important function of sweat glands is to detoxify your body, by excreting water soluble toxins through skin pores. However, some people sweat excessively to the extent that sweat literally drips off their hands. Sweating profusely in certain situations is quite normal, for example you sweat way above normal when running, jogging or working out. Similarly, your body sweats heavily in hot and humid conditions, to maintain temperature. However, some people perspire heavily even when the conditions are quite normal. If you are also one among them, then you are probably suffering from a medical condition called hyperhidrosis.
The first thing that comes to the mind is that how much sweat comes under “excessive sweating” category, or in simple words, “how much sweat is too much”? No one can tell you how many liters of sweating is normal, or what is exact limit that your sweat glands should not cross, since there is no effective and convenient way known to date to measure the total amount of sweat produced. It is instead a qualitative concept and parameters of measuring it could vary significantly from one person to another. In simple words, excessive sweating can be defined as any rate of perspiration that causes problems or distress to the sufferer.
That said, excessive sweating does not pose any serious threat to a person’s life, nevertheless it can threaten the sufferer’s quality of life. Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis not only affects a person’s personal life but also affects the sufferer’s professional and social life. Whilst exact causes of heavy sweating are known, there are a number of treatment options available to alleviate symptoms of heavy sweating. The most commonly used method is over the counter antiperspirants. Prescribed antiperspirants and oral medications also offer significant relief from this embarrassing and distressing problem. But all these options are effective as long as you are perspiring well within limit. These topical and oral medications fail to deliver in case of hyperhidrosis. This is the reason most hyperhidrosis patients opt for surgical procedures. But what if somebody tell you that there is a non-invasive procedure that is equally effective in alleviating hyperhidrosis symptoms? Yes I am not joking, there is an extremely safe and effective procedure available that offers relief from excessive sweating without a minor scar, and that is Botox treatment for sweating.
Botox, known primarily for eliminating facial lines and wrinkles, are also widely used to treat excessive sweating. The most common areas to get Botox injections for sweating are armpits, palms of hands and soles of feet. However, you can get the injections to treat sweating in any part of body, including head, face, lower back and between the thighs. Effects of treatment last for 6 to 8 months, depending on the physical health of the patient as well as the severity of problem. However, doctors are of opinion that a hyperhidrosis patient can safely repeat Botox treatment twice a year indefinitely.