Botox for Severe Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)


Treatment of Severe Sweating “Hyperhydrosis” Using Botox


Here in the Austin, Killeen and Central Texas area, many people are affected by severe sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, which is defined as excessive production of sweat or perspiration. The condition affects up to 3% of the population and causes those affected significant distress and embarrassment. Many patients can experience significant relief with the use of Botox

What are symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

  • Production of excessive amounts of sweat, particularly affecting areas such as the armpits, hands, feet and groin.
  • Staining of clothing and visible embarrassing amounts of sweat production that soaks through clothing.

What causes Hyperhidrosis?

  • The vast majority of patients have idiopathic hyperhidrosis, which simply means there is no specific cause. The condition is frequently genetic and other family members may also be affected. At one time it was thought that patients with primary hyperhidrosis had greater underlying levels of anxiety, but that theory has since been disproven.
  • Patients with secondary hyperhidrosis have a specific cause for their hyperhidrosis that range from medications to conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy and a long list of other causes.

Are there different types of Hyperhidrosis?

  • Yes. Patients may have either Generalized Hyperhidrosis, which affects the entire body, or
  • Focal Hyperhidrosis, which means sweating in specific area, most commonly the armpits, groin, hands and feet.

How is Hyperhidrosis Diagnosed?

  • In most cases, a simple questionnaire will determine the diagnosis, although sometimes lab work or other tests may be obtained if there is any question regarding the cause.

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

  • While there is no permanent cure for hyperhidrosis, there are a number of therapies that can be utilized such as: medications and prescription strength antiperspirants, surgery, iontophoresis, laser treatments and other focused treatments such as Miradry.
  • One of the most popular treatments is the use of Botox, which stops or significantly diminishes the production of sweat in the areas where injected. Patients may experience relief for up to 6 months.

Botox only takes a few minutes to inject and the results should be noticeable with a few days.

How does Botox work to control severe sweating?

  • Botox blocks the signals sent to your sweat glands and the result is less sweat produced.

Will I stop sweating entirely?

  • Some perspiration will still occur, but the amounts would be considered minimal and more normal and therefor more manageable.

How long will Botox for severe sweating last?

  • On average, you should have relief from symptoms for just under 7 months (200+ days) before needing another treatment. Tolerance to the treatments does not develop, so you can continue to have treatments for as long as you want.