It ruins your clothes, hampers your social life and crushes your confidence on the job. Excessive underarm sweating is hard to hide, and it affects more people than you might think.
Stop sweating! Excessive perspiration and excess sweat with a very powerful and unique antiperspirant. Excessive perspiration or excessive sweating is a condition where a person produces an undesirable amount of sweat, sweating and perspiration on an ongoing, constant basis.
Our body produces sweat to keep itself cool. Which is why you’ll notice it dripping when something causes your temperature to rise. But it’s not just hot and humid weather that causes you to sweat. Exercise, physical stress, emotional stress and nervousness can also make you sweat. About 1 percent of Americans, however, sweat excessively just going about their daily lives. It’s a condition known as primary hyperhidrosis. And it most noticeably affects the palms of the hands, the feet and the armpits. People with this condition can be plagued with not only sweaty clothes and a soggy handshake, but also with skin infections and social embarrassment. This kind of sweat can’t be tamed by over-the-counter antiperspirants. What does help? As it turns out, botulinum toxin type A, what we know as Botox.
Botox is the darling of celebrities because of its ability to smooth wrinkles, but it can also stop your sweat. Our skin, specifically the middle layer, isn’t made up of just collagen and elastin. It’s full of sweat glands, hair follicles, sebaceous glands (these produce oil), blood vessels and nerve endings.
When Botox is injected into the skin, the treatment affects the signal between the nerve endings and the sweat glands in the skin. Botox binds itself to the nerve endings near the injection site and acts like a roadblock. It blocks the release of a chemical our nerve cells make to communicate with each other, and this disrupts the message sent from the nerve endings to stimulate the production of sweat.
In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox injections to treat axillary hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty armpits), and it’s also used to treat palmar hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty palms) and plantar hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty feet). Each treatment may include several injection points concentrated in the affected area, and each treatment is expected to last about six months. Don’t worry about blocking the sweat from one or two small areas of the body — there are plenty of sweat glands to handle the job.