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Botulinum Toxin Injections For Excessive Sweating

If you suffer from excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, you may feel self-conscious in social situations. Excessive sweating can also make you feel uncomfortable and raise your risk for fungal infections of the skin, especially in areas underneath your skin folds. If you suffer from excessive sweating, your physician may recommend botulinum toxin injections, also known as Botox. Here are some things to talk to your doctor about when considering Botox treatment for your hyperhidrosis.    

Where Injections Are Used

While the use of Botox had been approved for use for excessive underarm perspiration, it has not been approved for hyperhidrosis of other parts of the body. Because of this, your doctor may prescribe it as an "off-label" treatment option for hyperhidrosis of your hands, feet, forehead, or the areas underneath your breasts. Off-label use means that the prescription medication is being prescribed for uses other than the ones that it has been approved for. 

Your healthcare provider will want you to know, that while botulinum injections can help suppress excessive sweating from the bottoms of your feet, you may experience more discomfort when the injections are administered because the soles of your feet may be more sensitive than other parts of your body, such as the forehead.

What To Expect

The administration of Botox injections is a relatively quick process that is performed in your practitioner's office. The botulinum toxin is administered subcutaneously, or under the surface of your skin.

Prior to the administration of your injections, your healthcare provider may apply an anesthetic gel to the area, which will help numb the location to prevent any discomfort. There is no recovery time after the injections are administered, which means that you can resume your normal activities immediately following your procedure.

Your physician will recommend the application of an ice pack if you develop mild redness or inflammation following your injections. You will also need to schedule another appointment so that your doctor can examine the treated areas and to monitor your progress.

Most people tolerate botulinum toxin injections very well, however, some people may experience mild itching or slight numbness following the procedure. These effects are typically mild and usually resolve without any additional treatment.

If you suffer from excessive sweating, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits of Botox injections. After a physical examination, your provider will recommend a treatment plan to help manage your hyperhidrosis. 

For more information about Botox, reach out to a professional.