We’ve heard about botox injections for wrinkle reduction and even ending migraine pains, but what about using botox to reduce excessive sweating? Now, Botox injections can be used to reduce excessive sweating in your underarms. Botox injections into the armpit work by temporarily immobilizing the nerves in the armpit that stimulate sweat glands. This type of treatment can last anywhere from 6-12 months, but it seems a little extreme. This article written by Carly Cardellino, from Shape Magazine gives some simple facts and some simple sweat solutions.
When You Sweat Too Much
More than 8 million people in America, many of them women, suffer from excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis). To find out why some women perspire more than others, and what you can do about it, we turned to skin expert Doris Day, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City.
It’s an embarrassing condition, but with these expert tips, you can get excessive perspiration under control-for good.
The Basic Facts– Your body contains 2 to 4 million sweat glands, with most concentrated on the soles of the feet, palms, and armpits. These glands, activated by nerve endings in the dermis (the deepest layer of skin), respond to chemical messagesfrom the brain. Changes in temperature, hormone levels, and activity cause a secretion of water and electrolytes (sweat). This controls the body’s internal temperature by cooling the skin.
What Triggers It-You’re most likely to sweat when you’re hot, but here are some other reasons:
- Stress: Anxiety causes the glands to release sweat.
- Medical Conditions: Hormonal changes, diabetes, and thyroid disorders can all cause excessive perspiration.
- Genetics: If your parents suffer from hyperhidrosis, you’re at an increased risk.
- Wear Breathable Fabrics: Thin layers of 100 percent cotton reduce sweating.
- Take A Long Deep Breath: Breathing slowly through your nose relaxes the nervous system.
- Use An Antiperspirant Deodorant: This will block pores, preventing sweat from mixing with bacteria on the skin, which creates odor. Opt for one labeled “clinical strength” if you sweat a lot- it contains the highest amount of aluminum chloride available sans Rx.
- Ask Your Doctor For A Prescription Version: One like Drysol has 20 percent more aluminum chloride than over-the-counter options.