The Botox for sweaty hands

Botox injections are used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Botox is a neurotoxin made from the microbes that cause botulism (a kind of food poisoning). But don’t worry, it’s very safe if used appropriately by a medical professional. 

Botox got its start as a cosmetic treatment. It smooths facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Doctors also use Botox to treat neuromuscular conditions such as migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis.

Why is Botox used for sweaty hands?

Besides causing clothing stains, sweaty palm syndrome can interfere with everyday activities most of us take for granted. For example, people with hyperhidrosis have difficulty using a computer because sweat from their hands gets all over the keyboard. Or, sweat can drip on the papers of their school exam. People with this condition tend to keep their fists in their pockets to avoid shaking hands with others or holding the hand of someone they care about.

Unfortunately, many people believe sweaty hand syndrome is something you just have to live with, so they don’t seek medical help. Without treatment, people can suffer from hyperhidrosis without any treatment for a very long time.

The issue of sweaty hands starts in your mind. It’s as if the thought, “I hope I don’t start sweating!” triggers the sweat glands. 

Other times, it’s subconscious. You’re not thinking about sweating, but you start sweating for no clear reason. This isn’t a problem with the sweat glands. But it’s also not as easy as telling yourself to get over it. 

You don’t have control over the amount you sweat. It is an issue with the nerves. The nerves tell the brain to sweat, even though there’s no physical reason.

Hand hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating in the hands. Although sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself down, people suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat profusely, beyond regular amounts. In addition to the hands, this condition can also occur on the face, hands, underarms, and feet. More than the discomfort it causes, hyperhidrosis can be extremely embarrassing for individuals. Currently, the causes are unknown.

How does Botox help with excessive sweating?

Anti Wrinkle Injection works by stopping glands from secreting completely. When injected into the skin, Botox prevents the nerves from stimulating secretion from the gland.

It’s most effective in the underarms, but higher doses work in the hands as well. It’s injected into the hand in a close-knit pattern. It’s a painful procedure, but its effects last for years. Some people don’t think the pain is worth it, but for those who have tried other treatments and want a more permanent solution, it’s worth the effort.

How do Botox injections work?

Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Normally, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. In people with hyperhidrosis, however, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive.

When you receive Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. When your nerves can’t signal your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. However, Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it’s injected.

Where is Botox used?

Currently, Botox has only been approved for the treatment of underarm sweating. In studies, Anti Wrinkle Injection was extremely effective in treating underarm sweating. Doctors use it “off-label” to treat other areas of the body.

Studies have found that Botox successfully treats sweaty palms in 80 to 90 percent of cases. However, the treatments don’t last quite as long as the underarm treatments. Studies also show that Anti Wrinkle Injection works to treat forehead sweat. It can reduce sweating by 75 percent for about five months.

Researchers believe that Botox could help with sweating on the soles of the feet, however, few studies have been done. Of particular concern is that injections in the feet are considerably more painful than other areas.

What are the risks and side effects?

Many studies have been done evaluating the safety of Botox. Most people tolerate it well. Possible side effects include:

  • pain or bruising at the injection site
  • headache
  • flu-like symptoms
  • droopy eyelid (for facial injections)
  • eye dryness or tearing (for facial injections)

Serious side effects of Botox injections are extremely rare. Serious side effects happen when the Anti Wrinkle Injection affects your entire body. This can happen hours, days, or weeks after your injections. Rare but serious side effects include:

  • muscle weakness in the entire body
  • trouble seeing
  • difficulty breathing
  • loss of bladder control

What to expect after treatment

You can resume your normal activities immediately after receiving Botox injections. It will take between two and seven days for you to stop sweating in the treated area. It can take two weeks for total dryness.

The effects of Botox are temporary, which means you’ll need more injections in the future. For underarm sweating, dryness can last anywhere from four to fourteen months. Results may not last as long for the hands and feet, and you may need to repeat your treatment in about six months.

About two weeks after your treatment, once you have seen the full effects of the Botox, you should see your doctor for a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, your doctor can perform any “touch-ups” of missed spots.

Before trying Botox injections for your sweaty hands, you should ask your doctor first. There are mild cases where medications or even clinical-strength antiperspirants can do the job. In case of severe cases, that’s the only time Anti Wrinkle Injection is recommended.

In addition, Skin Club encourages initial consultations before going to any type of treatment. This is so we can get to the bottom of the problem and provide you with the appropriate treatment for you. That way, we can meet your expectations and ensure client satisfaction.