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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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