Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is just that: the patient sweats a lot even if they aren’t exercising or doing anything else strenuous.
There are many ways to handle excessive sweating, and most people start by simply using an antiperspirant.
An antiperspirant can be either over-the-counter or prescription, with the latter being more powerful. If antiperspirants don’t work, there are several other treatment options including BOTOX® Therapeutic.
How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® works by preventing the release of neurotransmitters that stimulate the sweat glands.
BOTOX® has been approved by the FDA to treat excessive sweating of the underarms, but some doctors also use it to treat the palms and feet. The patient may need several injections, but the effects can last for nearly a year.
It can only be used to treat small areas and should not be used to treat generalized or body-wide hyperhidrosis.
What does the procedure involve?
The doctor injects the BOTOX® into the affected area, be it the underarms, feet, or palms. In order to reduce discomfort, the doctor will numb the area first.
The patient should shave their underarms 24 hours before the procedure, and they should not use any antiperspirants or deodorants for 24 hours before their injections. The patient should also not exercise, drink hot fluids, or eat spicy foods 30 minutes before their treatment.
The patient should also wait 24 hours after their treatment before using antiperspirants or deodorants.
Since BOTOX® can affect depth perception or vision, the patient should also not drive after treatment.
Are there side effects?
BOTOX® can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. Symptoms of such a reaction include hives, and swelling of the face.
Who should not use BOTOX®?
People with an infection at the injection site should wait until the infection has cleared up before getting BOTOX®.
Patients with Lambert-Eaton Syndrome, myasthenia gravis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis should not take BOTOX®. People who are already using it to treat bladder problems should not use it. Nor should they use it if they have certain urinary tract problems.
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If you are dealing with excessive sweating, you may want to consider BOTOX® Therapeutic. Contact Guelph Medical Laser today to schedule a consultation. We will be able to determine if it will be an appropriate treatment for your needs. You are invited to ask any questions and express your concerns. Get started today.