Botox and Hyperhidrosis
Sweaty pits? You are not alone! Ever wonder how celebrities can stroll the red carpet on a sweltering day in Los Angeles without so much as a drop of sweat on their underarms? They may have done a little ‘touch up’ to prevent their underarms from sweating on the red carpet. One common solution for sweaty pits? BOTOX! If you suffer from wet spots on the underarms when you are nervous, hot, cold, or pretty much all the time, you can see from these celeb photos, you are not the only one!
Hyperhidrosis affects up to 1% of adolescents and young adults, and common sites include the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet. Aside from embarrassing, the condition can dramatically affect a person’s quality of life and, in severe cases, can be cause for permanent disability. There is a great blog about living with hyperhidrosis called Just a Little Sweat. Written by a young woman finding her way navigating the bustling streets of NYC, she eventually finds love, even with constantly sweating palms and underarms. Not only is it a good read, it includes some great treatment options and insight about living with the constant dampness through the sweltering NYC summers and frigid winters.
Let’s review some of the common causes and treatments for excessive underarm sweating, otherwise termed hyperhidrosis. Most cases of hyperhidrosis are idiopathic, meaning we don’t know why it occurs. Sometimes the excessive sweating occurs secondary to another medical condition, such as a metabolic condition, oral medications, or temporary illness.
First line treatments for excessive sweating include topical prescription strength antiperspirants and a clear liquid aluminum chloride solution called Drysol. The problem with many of these topical treatments is that they often cause redness and irritation in the underarms. Second line treatments include injectable treatments such as Botox, which typically decrease sweating dramatically for about 6 months, and even microwave energy treatments such as MiraDry. Lastly, you can turn to surgical resection of the affected areas or even liposuction! For more information, visit THIS website.