Botox + Hyperhidrosis = ?

Sweating is completely normal and is needed to maintain the body temperature.  However, it may become a problem when sweat is triggered by things other than heat or physical activity. When it seems like you've tried every antiperspirant but the excessive sweating has not improved, it's time to find a dermatologist. 

Be sure to take your time and conduct a thorough search for a dermatologist. Reading patient reviews is a great way to determine who will be the best for you. Make sure your perspective dermatologist checks off all of the boxes on your list. Be completely honest with your doctor about your sweating during your consultation. After all, he or she is there to help you solve the problem; there is nothing to be embarrassed about. There is a high chance that your dermatologist will diagnose you with hyperhidrosis. 

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One way to combat hyperhidrosis is Botox injections. We know what you're thinking, isn't Botox for wrinkles? Yes, but it also helps those with hyperhidrosis. For those battling excessive sweat, Fluff Magazine has some insider tips to help you decide if Botox injections are right for you!

For starters, what is hyperhidrosis? According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hyperhidrosis (hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis) is abnormal, excessive sweating that's not necessarily related to heat or exercise.” You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes. Besides this disrupting your day, it can be embarrassing. Hyperhidrosis can also prevent you from participating in some activities, even limit your clothing options.

Why does Botox help with sweating? Buzzfeed perfectly breaks it down for us, “The neurotoxin, Botox, stops nerves from firing by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine, one of the neurotransmitters that tell muscles to contract. Botox intercepts the message telling the glands to secrete sweat, so they don’t.” 

The benefits of Botox injections for underarms can last from six months to a year,  but Botox comes with a pretty hefty price tag. For this treatment, with no insurance coverage, one could expect to pay around $1000! 

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There are also some lifestyle changes you can make to lessen how much you sweat. One way to do this is by changing your deodorant and using it correctly. We are all guilty of grabbing the same products when we go to the store, our old faithful. If the product does not help with your sweating, it is time to try something different.

All antiperspirants are diverse and contain different levels of aluminum salt compounds. On the ingredients tab of deodorants and antiperspirants, you’ll most likely find one of the three compounds: aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, and aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine, among others. Antiperspirants labeled clinical or prescription strength contain various levels of aluminum compounds, which reflect their ability to combat sweat. During your next store run, pay close attention to the product ingredients! Now that you know how to choose the deodorant that is best for you let's discuss the application process.

Deodorant is usually applied in the morning, prior to getting dressed. However, recent studies reveal this is not the proper way to use your antiperspirant. It is better to apply your deodorant right before you go to bed. Dermatologist Dr. Bailey stated "if regular- or clinical-strength antiperspirant doesn’t irritate your skin, you can apply it again in the morning for extra protection. With prescription-strength varieties, it’s generally recommended that you apply it every night for the first week or so, and then once or twice a week after that, again only at night to avoid irritation."

If you’re battling with excessive, embarrassing sweat, start by trying some at home remedies!  If you can’t take another ruined blouse and you’ve tried everything under the sun, seek a dermatologist for a professional opinion and recommendations. Sweating is a natural bodily function however if it becomes too much to deal with, there are many ways to address the issue. Do your research on the pros and cons of Botox injections for your underarms and other problem areas to decide what is best for you.

Jackie Aina discusses her struggle with hyperhidrosis and solutions she has found to address the condition.