Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is often a genetic condition that affects mostly the hands, forehead, feet and underarms. It involves overactive sweat glands. When sweating becomes excessive it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, stressful, and disabling. Excessive underarm sweating can disrupt many aspects of a person’s life, from career choices, recreational to relationships, emotional well being and self-esteem.
Muscle relaxants or anti wrinkle injections have been found to be effective in the management of excess sweating. The chemical that is released by nerve endings to stimulate muscle contraction, acetylcholine, is the same chemical that causes sweat glands to produce sweat.
Once the muscle relaxant is injected by a trained medical professional by a very fine needle under the arm it blocks the release of this chemical that signals the body to produce perspiration.
A topical numbing cream can be applied for those that wish to reduce the minimal sting experienced by the very fine injections.
After the injection, it takes about 7 days for the treatment to take full effect.
After the first treatment, the effects last an average of 7-9 months. However, the amount of time varies from person to person.
Clinical studies show muscle relaxant injections produce a 90% reduction in sweat production. Sweat levels can be much easily managed and sweating does not interfere with their daily activities.