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Excessive Sweating

We all know the feeling. The trickle down your underarm on a particularly packed train, and that intuitive awareness that yes, you have sweat patches. And while sweating is a natural process that helps to keep the body cool, we all know that it can be less than ideal (especially if your deodorant isn’t entirely playing ball). However, because sympathetic nerves innervate sweat glands, Botox® is highly effective in reducing and abolishing sweat production in treated areas. 

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Botox® injections are used to treat various medical conditions and got their start as a cosmetic treatment. For example, it smooths facial wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles. Doctors also use Botox® to treat neuromuscular conditions such as migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. It refers to any abnormal sweating, such as sweating when it is not hot. People who sweat excessively often soak through their clothing or drip sweat. Regular antiperspirants do not work well for those with this condition.
Botox® injections are an effective treatment option for people with hyperhidrosis. You may be a candidate for Botox® if your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants. Botox® has been FDA-for people who sweat excessively from their armpits and is also a recognised treatment by the NHS.

How does Botox® work for sweating? 

Botox® works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Usually, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. However, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive in people with hyperhidrosis.

When you receive Botox® injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralysed. When your nerves cannot signal your sweat glands, you do not sweat. However, Botox® only prevents sweating in the area where it is injected.

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