Individuals who suffer from excessive underarm sweat face a variety of everyday stresses and limitations: needing to change clothes more than three times a day, avoiding light or bright colored clothing, and steering clear of potentially embarrassing situations like making a presentation at work or wearing a bridesmaid dress. These limitations can affect lifestyle and employment advancements.
It’s not that sweat is a bad thing in and of itself. Perspiration is the body’s cooling system, whether the heat comes from feeling nervous or from a rigorous workout. But excessive sweating is exactly that—excessive. For reasons doctors have yet to fully understand, the apocrine glands under the armpit sometimes overproduce sweat, resulting in discomfort, frustration and embarrassment.
Although it’s difficult to measure how much sweat is “too much”, individuals, together with their dermatologists, can thankfully determine if excessive underarm sweating is actually a disorder called severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis. This condition often proves too much for even prescription-strength antiperspirants.
The good news is that there is an effective solution—but from an unexpected source: Botox. That’s right—the famous injection used for wrinkles is also approved to treat severe underarm sweating. Approved four years ago by the FDA to treat axillary hyperhidrosis, Botox injections keep patients from excessively sweating for up to 6 ½ months. The treatment is non-surgical and practically pain-free.
Do you or does someone you know struggle with excessive sweating? Have prescription-strength antiperspirants not worked in the past? Contact Dr. Zimmet’s office to find out more about this exciting treatment. Many insurance plans cover Botox for underarm sweat, so it’s worth a look.
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