Hyperhidrosis, Sweaty Palms & Underarms
due to Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, affects about one in 25 people. Excessive sweating can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem, and general discomfort in social situations. Hyperhidrosis occurs when sympathetic nerves cause sweat glands to produce too much sweat. The underlying cause is not known, but anxiety and other heightened emotional states can trigger the condition.
The most common types of hyperhidrosis are palmar hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms) and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). Dr. Lee prefers to use the least invasive procedure that will meet your needs, and highly recommends BOTOX® as a safe and very effective remedy for excessive sweating.
- BOTOX® is one of the most popular treatment for excessive sweating of the palms and underarms. BOTOX® weakens the nerves that supply the sweat glands, preventing the release of acetylcholine, and therefore greatly reducing or eliminating sweating in the treated area. The amounts of BOTOX® used are not enough to significantly affect the muscle motion of the hand, although some very slight weakness is possible. BOTOX® treatment of hyperhidrosis lasts about eight months to up to one year. Other areas treated for excessive sweating include the face and the soles of the feet. Dr. Lee believes that BOTOX® treatment of hyperhidrosis is simply the safest, most effective therapy we currently have for this disorder.