What is Hyperhidrosis?
Every day, the human body perspires to maintain constant internal body temperature. Perspiration is regulated by the Sympathetic Nervous System, which controls about five million sweat glands in the body. Sweating is controlled by branches of the sympathetic chain that is located within the chest cavity. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes perspiration far greater than the physiological needs of the body. Although no one knows why some individuals sweat excessively, it is known that the sweating is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. You are about to go on a job interview or to meet someone new and you notice that your hands and underarms are sweating. The condition is known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can occur suddenly or continuously.
One of the treatments for hyperhidrosis is the injection of Botox® into the area. Botulinum toxin type A in its diluted prescription form, has been used safely in treating eye muscle disorders, wrinkles and other conditions. Botox® is a protein that acts on the junction of the nerve and the muscle, making the muscle less active. It reduces sweating by blocking release of the chemical acetylcholine, which stimulates secretion of the sweat glands. When a small amount of Botox® is injected it stops those areas from getting clammy and sweaty. Botox® injections, are only temporary and have to be a few times yearly.