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BOTOX for Excessive Sweating


Jill has an embarrassing problem - she sweats. She sweats a lot. She visits with Dr. Oz on today's "The Dr. Oz Show" to discuss a new solution to her sweaty problem - Botox.

underarm photo Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is not fun. It prevents people from dressing how they'd like, can cause an embarrassing odor, and makes the sufferer uncomfortable. Jill suffers from excessive sweating and turned to Dr. Oz for help.

He introduces Jill to Dr. Doris Day who discusses some basic solutions to the problem, starting with antiperspirants. There are varying degrees of strength that can be purchased over the counter, and once those fail, there are prescription strength products. Dr. Day says that these products can cause skin irritation in the underarm however, as they occlude the pores. Antiperspirants are not the same as deodorant. Deodorant masks the odor of sweat, while antiperspirants block it. There is also a prescription that can help dry you out, but it dries you out everywhere and can have some effect on other parts of the body.

Botox works by injecting a bit of heavily diluted botulinum toxin into the underarm so that the signal from the nerves to the sweat glands is blocked, and sweating is stopped. It lasts up to 9 months and the cost varies depending on the amount needed. Botox is FDA approved for the treatment of hyperhidrosis and is often covered by insurance so if it is covered, the cost could be as little as a copay.

Recently, Vaser was shown on "The Doctors" as a treatment for hyperhidrosis. The procedure is pretty new, few doctors perform it yet, and is off label. While the patient is under light sedation, the physician injects some tumescent fluid into the underarm as the ultrasonic waves pass through the liquid more easily than through solid material. The waves are set to a specific frequency that damages and kills the sweat glands while preserving the surrounding tissue. It is not an FDA approved treatment however, and will likely not be covered, but it is a permanent solution.