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Don't Sweat It: Botox Injections for Excessive Sweating

Don't Sweat It: Botox Injections for Excessive Sweating

Sweating is a totally natural process that allows our bodies to stay cool. The floodgates can also start under our pits when we are in certain social situations, due to anxiety and nerves. Some people even have to deal with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and while liposuction is one way to deal with it, good old FDA approved botox is another.

If over the counter and prescription antiperspirants don't alleviate the excessive sweat, botox injections just might be an appropriate treatment. A botox injection contains a tiny amount of the botulinum toxin that can stop the release of the chemical transmitter that causes sweating.

Botox is one of the most poisonous substances in the world, but specialists have been successfully using it in very small amounts to smooth out wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles that cause them to form. Botox is also used to treat migraine headaches, eye blinking and twitching, crossed eyes, and certain pain disorders.

It's great that hyperhidrosis can be added to that list as well, since it affects nearly 3% of the U.S. population. Surgery is an option, but it doesn't always work well, and your body ends up sweating in other areas to compensate. With botox injections, it only treats the areas where it's injected, temporarily reducing or stopping sweat production.

The bad news? The effects only last a few months, and you have to have repeated injections to control perspiration. Also, the treatments can be up to a whopping $2,000, depending on the doctor. The good news? Many people have been loving the results, so if you suffer from excessive sweating, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about botox.

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aureliationg aureliationg 8 years
i've had a problem ever since puberty. but the one thing that works and doesn't require botox is deoderants for excessive sweating. i use Certaindri. just put it on at night, wash off during the morning shower. and it doesn't hurt my wallet too. they sell some other brands in the drugstores, i think...
qtpye0831 qtpye0831 8 years
I received Botox injections twice; the 1st time my mom paid $1,000 out of pocket and the 2nd time insurance covered it. Overall, I did not see a difference in my sweating and in my opinion, it wasn't worth the pain or money.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
The fact that its highly poisonous would keep me very far from it...there has to be a better way to help with excessive sweating. For me, caffeine had everything to do with it, I cut my caffeine in half, plus I drink no sodas, and that helped, with anxiety too. Just bcuz something is fda approved does not convince me. There are alot of things on the market that arent safe but are fda approved. What are the long term effects for using botox??? Isnt sweating a way for the body to release toxins???
jaclynloro jaclynloro 8 years
I've been getting these botox treatments for a little over a year (about once every 6-8 months) and I am so happy with the results. It's like a god send. I didn't even have to worry about the cost because my insurance covers it. It was entirely worth it.
mizlynz mizlynz 8 years
Normally, I hate the cosmetic use of Botox, but as someone who seems to sweat excessively sometimes, if I could afford it, I might actually consider this as an option.
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