Do you suffer from excessive sweating even when you’re not working out? If so, you’re not alone. A vast number of Canadians experience this condition, otherwise known as primary focal hyperhidrosis. For many, this means sweaty palms, stained shirts, and damp socks. For others, the symptoms can be so severe that it makes it difficult for them to do normal things such as hold a pen or steer their car or wear light colored clothing. Fortunately, there’s a solution to your excessive sweating woes if you suffer from any of the above symptoms. But first, let’s look at what causes hyperhidrosis and what symptoms indicate you may have the condition. 

What Causes Hyperhidrosis? 

For most, overactive nerves, from an exaggerated central response to normal emotional stress, is the cause. Once these nerves are triggered, they can signal to the sweat glands to start perspiring at full force. However, there are also secondary hyperhidrosis cases that exist which are often brought on by an underlying health condition such as infections, diabetes, menopause, hyperthyroidism, medications, obesity etc., just to name a few.  

What Are The Symptoms? 

Excessive sweating from your underarms, feet or palms are typical symptoms. 

Can It Be Dangerous If Left Untreated? 

No, but it may lead to social anxiety and affect with routine daily activities. Patients suffering from hyperhidrosis are also more risks of skin disorders, like dermatitis. However, sudden generalized sweating occurring during the day and at night requires a careful history by your family physician to rule out a secondary cause.  

Who Is Susceptible To Hyperhidrosis? 

Both men and women can experience excessive sweating. The onset is usually before age 25 and can affect up to 5 % of the population.  A family history of hyperhidrosis put you also a bit more at risk.   

When You Should See A Doctor? 

If focal excessive sweating starts interfering with your daily life, there are treatments that can help. Sudden excessive and generalized sweating during the day and at nights warrant a visit to your family doctor. They will evaluate your symptoms with a proper medical history, then conduct testing if necessary.  

What Solutions Exist? 

If an underlying health condition is the cause, your doctor will recommend a treatment to address the problem. Meditating, eating healthy and exercising can help, but most people will need treatment to alleviate the symptoms. There are certain drugs that you can take but many of these will have side effects that are just as unwelcoming. Surgeries, such as thoracic sympathectomy are available, but should only be considered as a last option. Fortunately, there’s also less invasive options out there as well, like Botox®. 

How Botox® Works To Stop Excessive Sweating 

When your body temperature rises, emotional responses etc., your nervous system tells your sweat glands to start working. Botox can help stop that from happening in the areas of injection. Botox® hyperhidrosis simply blocks the chemical transmitters in your skin that activates the sweat glands. The result – immediate sweat control. 

Is It Safe? 

It might seem invasive but it’s not. The procedure is quick and relatively painless with zero downtime. It’s safe and has been authorized by the Health Canada. 

I’m Confused, Isn’t Botox® For Wrinkles? 

Botox has many useful applications. It can smooth wrinkles, relax muscles, and even get rid of migraines. It’s also used to treat a variety of medical conditions like hyperhidrosis. Because it’s a neurotoxin, it’s used to block signals from the nerves to the skin, muscles or glands. That means it can be used for a variety of different reasons including excess sweating. 

How Long Will The Results Last? 

Every patient is different. However, most experience between 7 to 12 months of sweat relief for the underarm area and result will last about 6 months when treating the hands or feet.  

Are There Any Side Effects? 

The majority of patients experience few to no side effects. Some people run the risk of developing mild reactions, like compensatory sweating at another area. Most common side effects are slight bruising and discomfort at the area treated for a few days. Before you start any form of treatment, it’s important to talk to your family doctor first, especially if you are taking any medications or have other medical conditions. It’s also important to only get your Botox treatment from a properly trained physician.

What Are The Benefits? 

Hyperhidrosis can cause of embarrassment and discomfort for many. If you’ve become less social or have stopped doing the things that you love because of your symptoms, Botox® Hyperhidrosis can help you get your life back.