Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Sweating is normal but too much sweat is useless
The human body is covered with millions of sweat glands secreting especially sweat in the armpits, forehead, hands and feet. There are several triggers: heat, stress, fever, hormonal imbalance, heredity …
Sweating is an essential physiological phenomenon for two functions:
- The elimination of toxins
- The regulation of body temperature
However, the overproduction of sweat that can occur and is called “hyperhidrosis” is useless. It does not eliminate more toxins nor regulates body temperature. It can fortunately be mastered.
Processing: injection of botulinum toxin (Botox)
This excessive production of perspiration called hyperhidrosis can now be treated quickly, effectively and safely with botulinum toxin.
This treatment is done by injection of Botox® every 2 cm on excessive sweating area to reduce this excess. It may be accompanied by the application of an anesthetic cream (EMLA) on the area in question in case of pain at injection.
This treatment is not toxic to the body.
Most common indications
The treatment is usually prescribed on some areas where excessive sweating is particularly troublesome:
- Armpits: woman or man wishing to avoid rings on their clothes;
- The forehead (often due to excessive reaction to stress);
- Palms (supported by national health insuranced if real handicap);
- The soles of the feet.
There is no compensation by the body in response to the stop of hyperhidrosis. If the patient receives treatment, for example at his forehead, armpits will not sweat more. This is because hyperhidrosis is due to localized over-reaction and especially because it is unnecessary for the proper functioning of the body.
Mechanisms of perspiration
The sweat is secreted by two types of sweat glands:
Under the influence of stress or heat, glands can secrete a surplus of sweat up to: