May 24, 2011

Treat underarm hyperhidrosis with botox

What causes underarm sweat?

Underarm hyperhidrosis is esthetically unpleasant and also accompanies odor, making one’s social activities difficult. Wet armpits are not only noticeable, but also cause the discoloration on your clothes. Surprisingly, many women are suffering from unpleasant hyperhidrosis. It is such a battle for them to hide hyperhidrosis with deodorant and anti-perspirant.
Then, what is the cause of this unpleasant underarm sweat? It is due to the hyperactivity of eccrine sweat glands. Sweat glands are generally regulated by the autonomic nerve system, thus, acetylcholine - neurotransmitter - is released from nerve endings when you are emotionally stimulated. However, acetylcholine over stimulates sweat glands if large amount is released, which leads to excessive perspiration.

Are there any treatments for hyperhidrosis?
Underarm Hyperhidrosis
It can be treated easily with botox. Botulinum toxin in botox suppresses the secretion of acetylcholine(Ach), and prevents the stimulation of sweat glands by inducing muscle contraction. Botox injection treatment takes 10~20 minutes. You can start to feel the effect from 2 weeks after the injection, and it lasts for 6~12 months.
Hands & Feet Hyperhidrosis
Though botox treatment is also effective, Iontophoresis(a.k.a. Electromotive Drug Administration-EMDA) is commonly practiced for hands & feet hyperhidrosis. Iontophoresis is basically an injection without the needle. You need to visit clinic 1~2 times per week for 20-minute treatment. Repeat the treatment for 4~8 times to see the effect.

Hus’Hu dermatology recommended tips for hyperhidrosisPeople with hyperhidrosis should start the treatment before summer. Many patients prefer Botox and Iontophoresis since they are simple and effective. Although treatment effect usually lasts for 6~12 months, it may vary depending on one’s body condition and repetitive treatment may be required.

Posted on [Culture Journal 21]  April 4, 2011


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