Sweating is a natural occurrence and is a way for the body to cool itself and prevent overheating. Most people will sweat from performing physical activities or from exposure to high temperatures; however there are some that sweat excessively regardless of physical exertion or the temperature. This condition is called hyperhidrosis and occurs most commonly under the armpits, on the soles of the feet, and in the palms of the hands. Though the condition is not a detriment to a person physical health, it can cause distress in social situations, such as greeting someone with a hand shake or having to plan the types and colours of clothing to wear. There are many approaches in treating hyperhidrosis, so it is important to undergo treatment with a doctor who specializes in this area to determine what the best treatment options are for each individual patient.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis can be topical, injection based or through surgical intervention depending on the severity and patients concerns. Because of the risk surgery carries and the daily applications required for topical treatments such as antiperspirants containing aluminum salts, Botox® injections are often recommended and are effective in treating moderate to severe hyperhidrosis. An iodine solution will be used and is applied to pinpoint exactly where the sweat is escaping from the most. By injecting Botox® into targeted areas, the injection will block signals in the sweat glands responsible for sweat production (reducing or eliminating excessive sweating) and lasts for approximately 4-6 months.