Sweating is a natural mechanism designed to lower body temperature. During the summer or when performing moderate to heavy physical activity, your body’s sweat glands will automatically generate sweat to cool your body. Depending on the person, activity level and weather, the average individual sweats about one liter a day.
Approximately 3% of the US population suffers from a condition called hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Overactive sweat glands produce more sweat that is needed, causing embarrassing perspiration stains on clothing as well as clammy, wet hands, scalp or feet. While sweat is odorless, it creates an uncomfortable feeling of wetness. Overactive sweat glands cause some people to break into a sweat while sitting in an air-conditioned office. Other people feel compelled to change shirts each day since over-the-counter, clinical strength perspirants fail to reduce severe sweating. Sweating, while a nuisance for most people, becomes intolerable and creates social anxiety for those who sweat profusely.
Luckily, Botox offers relief to patients who severely sweat. Botox has been proven to temporarily block underarm nerves that signal the sweat glands to produce sweat. The injection lasts up to 6 months and is effective in reducing sweat. To learn more how Botox works for hyperhidrosis, visit the Botox for Excessive Sweating page. Or call Dr. Zimmet’s office at 512-402-6694 to set up an appointment.