A person with a medical condition known as Hyperhidrosis, often sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. Botox may be used to treat hyperhidrosis after deodorant and oral medications have been tried without relief. Botox is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains. This procedure is extremely effective, though can be costly.
By injecting the affected are with botulism toxin, sweating will be reduced for approximately 6 months.