Excessive Sweating

Summer's heat brings out that response in all of us that we hate: sweating! While sweating is the body's natural, built-in cooling mechanism, thousands struggle with a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. This can affect the underarms, hands, feet or face. While posing no health risks, hyperhidrosis can be, for some, a debilitating social problem, causing unsightly sweat stains on clothing and wet palms.

For those with underarm hyperhidrosis, temporary relief can sometimes be found by using effective prescription strength antiperspirants. However, these antiperspirants are often ineffective and potentially irritating. Other options include oral medication, iontophoresis (a battery charged device) or an invasive surgical procedure. All of these options carry the risk of significant side effects or disappointing results.

Recently, the FDA approved a more permanent treatment. Botox can be injected to target the nerves of the sweat glands and effectively reduce excessive sweating. And just like the injections for the face, Botox injections for hyperhidrosis have no downtime, and are a quick, easy way to treat a problem many have struggled with for years. Dr. Bradford Katchen of SkinCareLab says, "though many of my patients line up to get Botox for their face, they have been embarassed to admit that they have a sweating problem. Fortunately, now we have a safe effective alternative for them."


Botox has recently been approved by the FDA to treat excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis.