Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. The most common areas involved are the palms, feet, underarms and head. It can interfere with daily activities and even in some cases lead to secondary skin infections from the constant moisture in the area. There are two types-primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary is common and occurs in otherwise healthy individuals. Secondary can be due to a medication or medical condition. There are different treatments for hyperhidrosis which include antiperspirant medications, iontophoresis(electrical stimulation), botox, prescription medications and even surgery
Botox is an FDA approved treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis. It works by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates sweat glands. Its simple, superficial injections in the bilateral axillary area. They start to work within 2-4 days with the full effect seen at 2 weeks. Results last at least 4-6 months but some studies show up to 14 months duration. In some cases this procedure can be covered by insurance.