Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

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Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating without usual reasons, such as exercising or being present in a hotter atmosphere. This condition is generally symptomatic of sweat-soaking clothes, dripping hands, and foul body odor. Aside from disrupting routine life, hyperhidrosis also causes embarrassment and social anxiety.

According to research, hyperhidrosis affects about 5% of the world population, meaning that around 365 million people worldwide struggle with excessive sweating.

Who is the Perfect Candidate for this Treatment?

Hyperhidrosis treatment with Botox is safe and goes well with anyone wanting to treat their excessive sweating problem. The only concern some people have with this treatment is in the form of bruises and minor swelling, which subside in a few days.

Causes of Hyperhidrosis

Sweating or perspiration is a natural process that cools your body when its temperature rises. Sometimes, your palms may sweat when you are nervous or under the influence of negative emotions. This process is carried out by sweat glands that release sweat after receiving signals from the brain through a complex network of nerves.

Hyperhidrosis is when the sweat glands become hyperactive as they receive more signals for the production of sweat. This condition is classified into focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.

Focal Hyperhidrosis

This type of hyperhidrosis happens due to the overactivity of the nerves that signal your sweat glands to produce sweat, especially when you are not exercising or exposing your body to heat.

The reason for focal hyperhidrosis is unknown. However, it has been found to be a hereditary problem. Factors that act as triggers to aggravate its symptoms are nervousness and stress.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis

This type of hyperhidrosis occurs due to underlying disease and is less common than focal hyperhidrosis. Conditions that may cause this sweating problem include:

  • Hot flashes during menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Low blood sugar
  • Thyroid issues
  • Heart attack
  • Problems with the nervous system
  • Infections
  • Some types of cancer

Signs and Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

If you have hyperhidrosis, you may exhibit the following signs.

  • Visible sweating: You may see sweat droplets on your skin even without physical activity.
  • Disrupted routine activities: Excessive sweating may cause difficulty holding a pen and sweat dripping on the paper or computer when you are working.
  • Soft, white, and peeling skin: This is usually the outcome when your skin remains wet for a long time.
  • Skin infections: The body area that sweats heavily is more likely to have skin infections. The most common examples are jock itch and athlete’s foot.

Commonly Affected Body Areas

Secondary hyperhidrosis causes you to sweat in every area of the body. Focal hyperhidrosis most likely affects:

  • Soles of your feet
  • Armpits
  • Forehead and cheeks
  • Genitals
  • Groin
  • Palms
  • Lower back

Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (Injections of Botulinum Toxin)

Botulinum toxin injections are an efficient medication for hyperhidrosis due to their smoother yet quicker results. Here is what’s involved in this procedure.

  • Your practitioner will mark the treatment area to ensure the procedure’s accuracy.
  • Then, they will inject Botox medication below the skin surface. Syringes with very fine needles are used to administer the Botox solution.
  • The practitioner may administer 15 to 20 injections in a grid pattern in the problem area. The number of injections depends on the severity of the problem.
  • You may be given a numbing agent or ice to mitigate the pain caused by the injections.
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Recovery and Results

The recovery after Botox injections for hyperhidrosis is quick and minimally painful. The treated area may have slight tenderness for a day or two. The doctor may ask you to avoid using deodorant for 24 hours to prevent irritation in the treated area. You may resume your routine activities as soon as you walk out of the clinic after receiving injections.

You will be prescribed a follow-up appointment after two weeks when treatment comes into full effect. During this appointment, the practitioner will check if any spots are left to be treated.

Botox treatment blocks the nerves responsible for signaling sweat glands, deactivating the sweat glands temporarily. The duration these glands remain inactive depends on the treatment area. For example, this treatment may help prevent underarm sweating for up to 16 months and sweating in the hands and feet for about six months. On average, Botox injections keep hyperhidrosis symptoms at bay for about 12 months.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment Cost in Dubai

The average starting price of Botox injections for hyperhidrosis is 3,500 AED. The final cost of the treatment will depend on the treatment area and the number of injections required.

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Hyperhidrosis FAQs

How can I stop sweating naturally?

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to control mild hyperhidrosis. Generally, over-the-counter antiperspirants can help you stop sweating when you shouldn’t. These antiperspirants may be aluminum chloride hexahydrate creams or other ointments.
If the over-the-counter option is not helping, you may consider getting topical anticholinergic medications, the prescription solutions that are highly effective in preventing excessive sweating.

Is there medicine to stop sweating?

Yes, the most common medicines to help you stop sweating are anticholinergics.

Does lemon reduce sweating?

The lemon contains natural acid that can stop excessive sweating. You can cut a lemon and rub one half on the underarm skin. You can also get lemon extract and mix baking soda into it. This solution can be applied to the affected area using a cotton pad.

Is Botox a safe treatment for hyperhidrosis?

According to most studies, Botox injections are a safe treatment for hyperhidrosis. These studies suggest an overall lower risk of side effects.

How many sessions are required?

You may need two to four Botox treatment sessions to stop your sweaty glands’ hyperactivity.

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