TREATMENT OF SWEATING WITH BOTOX
Sweating is the most important system that regulated the body temperature. Certain parts of our body are continuously sweating. They are the palms, soles, underarm, groins and under the breast for women. Excessive sweating might be local or generalized. While the local sweating is most common on the armpits, sweating is also quite frequent in hands, feet, face and back. Sweating is caused by psychological factors and some underlying diseases.
Thanks to sweating - a natural and physiological event for the body-, the body temperature is regulated and the harmful substances are excreted from the body. The sweat is also a natural moisturizer. Apart from this physiological need that almost everyone complains of in the summer, the excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis. The body sweats four to five times a day to cool down. It occurs as a result of the excessive functioning of eccrine sweat glands that are found all over the body. The total number of sweat glands in an adult person is about 2 to 5 million. These glands that are arranged in groups are most commonly located in the palms, soles, and armpits.
Although the hyperhidrosis can be a generalized problem, the hands and feet are involved by 80% and the armpits are involved by 30 percent. Sweating leads to serious social problems both in private and professional life of the person. In women, it usually increases with menopause. Excessive sweating can cause certain clinical pictures, such as anxiety, restless, stress, embarrassment, skin irritation and fungal and bacterial infections. Shortly, it negatively affects the quality of life and it should definitely be treated.
The fluid and electrolyte imbalance is also a result of excessive sweating. This situation will affect the relations with other people, job and career selection, mental health and personal appearance as well as the quality of life in a very negative way. Before a treatment is started for the excessive sweating, the first step should be determining the underlying cause(s). However, the diagnosis of the excessive sweating is extremely challenging, as the amount of sweating is a very subjective parameter. Congenital overfunctioning of sympathetic nerves is considered, if any problem cannot be identified.
Botox administration is one of the most effective treatments for the excessive sweating. Only one session helps the excessive sweating, especially in the armpits, the palms and the soles. Botox administration lasts 15 minutes. No anesthesia is required. The treatment has no side effects. The sweating slows down within 4 to 7 days after the procedure. The sweating is almost stopped 10 days later. Although there are interpersonal variations, the effect sustains for 9 months to 1 year.