What Treatments are Available for Hyperhidrosis?
If regular antiperspirants do not work for you, your doctor may prescribe clinical-strength ones. Antiperspirants do not work for everyone, and for some people, they can cause skin irritation. Other people also prefer to avoid this option due to their concerns about the safety of antiperspirants.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to help manage your sweating. These work for some people but can also have unpleasant side effects. They are usually used for people who sweat excessively all over their bodies.
While most people know about Botox® as a wrinkle treatment, it can also manage excessive underarm sweating with minimal risk of side effects. Botox® makes an excellent option for those who have not succeeded with antiperspirants.
How Does Botox® Treat Hyperhidrosis?
Botox® works to treat hyperhidrosis the same way it relaxes your facial wrinkles. Nerves send signals using neurotransmitters, and Botox® blocks the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. When used for wrinkles, Botox® stops nerves from telling muscles to contract. When used for hyperhidrosis, it stops nerves from telling sweat glands to release sweat.