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How to Stop Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, referred to in medicine as "hyperhidrosis," is a common condition that many people experience.  It can often feel as though you are the only person dealing with excessive sweating, but the truth is that up to 3% of the population is battling excessive sweating every day.  The most common type of excessive sweating is called primary focal hyperhidrosis.  In this form of excessive sweating, the sweating affects only a specific area.  The most commonly affected areas are the underarms, hands, and feet.  Excessive sweating is not dangerous, but it can be embarrassing and cause rashes on the skin when left untreated. The most commonly used treatments for excessive sweating are antiperspirants, iontophoresis (low-level electrical currents, which are applied to the area to decrease sweating), and Botox injections.  Dr. Schweiger notes that, "I find Botox injections to be the safest, simplest, and most effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.  A single treatment can reduce sweating to below normal levels for up to six months, with no side effects."  Botox works by blocking the neurotransmitters that stimulate the production of sweat.  Tiny injections are made into the effected area and the improvement (usually over 80% reduction of sweating!) can be seen within two weeks of the treatment.  The injections are made with a very tiny needle; the treatment itself is not painful, though cold anesthetic spray is sometimes used when treating sensitive areas like the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Click here to learn more about how to stop excessive sweating with Botox.
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