Botox for Hyperhidrosis of the Underarms

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Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the underarms is excessive sweating from the underarms with or without odor. In most cases, this degree of sweating is not responsive to antiperspirrant use or use of deodorants. Axillary sweating may be present, alone, or in combination with hyperhidrosis of the face and scalp, palms and feet. The underlying cause is overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. This condition is an overexaggeration of the normal sweating response, but in most individuals with hyperhidrosis, it occurs throughout the day and is exacerbated by stress and anxiety.

Hyperhidrosis can affect any individual and it should be noted that more than 99% of patients who have hyperhidrosis of the underamrs have no associated medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disorders. 

The modalities of treatment for hyperhidrosis include Botox injection in the underarms, suction curettage and endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.

 

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Buffalo General Surgeon