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Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweat areas)


excessive sweat


Hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. Those with hyperhidrosis appear to have overactive sweat glands. This condition can be idiopathic or caused by underlying disease. The uncontrollable sweating can lead to significant discomfort, both physical and emotional. The areas that are commonly affected and cause a significant social discomfort are: armpits, palms and soles. Botox is now frequently used as one of the most successful methods to control this nasty condition. Small doses of purified botulinum toxin injected into the underarm temporarily block the nerves that stimulate sweating. Side effects include injection-site pain and flu-like symptoms. If you are considering Botox for other areas of excessive sweating talk to your doctor in detail. Botox used for the palms and soles can cause mild, but temporary weakness and intense pain. Nerve block with local anesthetic will be used for the palms and soles treatments. No special preparation required. You will be asked not to drive for a few hours after the procedure. Botox to the armpits is delivered after icing or local anesthetic cream; driving is allowed right after. Lately, some of the third party insurances are able to cover the cost of Botox injection for the hyperhidrosis treatment if this is proved to be a medical condition rather than cosmetic concern. You will still need to cover the cost of treatment. Please talk to your extended health provider about that.