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Sweaty Hands Aren’t “In”. So Botox them?

Did you know that Botox can be used to treat sweaty hands and arm pits? Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive sweating. Often people have this condition involving the armpits (axilla) or palms. The first line of treatment is antiperspirants in the axilla such as Certain-Dri. This is an over the counter anti perspiran,t and it tends to work well for the arm pits. However, the palms are more difficult to treat with antiperspirants. The problem with sweaty palms is that it can also be embarrassing, particularly in business situations where you are often shaking hands with people. Try landing that deal leaving a puddle of your DNA on your client’s sleeve. Sweat hands can be also be perceived as a sign of nervousness. In addition, it is often difficult to work daily with excessive sweat in your hands, particularly with manual labor or jobs using heavy equipment, or jobs that require fine motor skills of the fingers and hand. Although Botox is commonly known to reduce wrinkles, a lot of people do not know it has a very large role in treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the palms and armpits. Typically the amount of Botox needed for the palms is about 50 units to start. To put things into comparison, 50 units per palm or 100 units for both hands, it is typically twice the amount we place in the forehead and crow’s feet.. To that end, Botox for sweaty palms and arm pits is generally in the same range as Botox to twice as much for wrinkle reduction of the forehead and crow’s feet. The good news is, Botox for sweaty palms and arm pits lasts longer for the effect than for wrinkle reduction. The injections in the hand can be painful without the use of topical lidocaine, nerve blocks, or topical numbing creams or ice. In addition, one must consider the profession of the person undergoing Botox for sweaty palms. A violinist and pianist that requires fine motor of the hands may not wish to undergo this procedure just preceding a performance as the sweat glands from Botox that are de-activated sit very close to the muscles of the thumb and fingers, and it is not terribly uncommon to have some mild weakness in the fingers for a couple weeks following this procedure. Thus, hyperhidrosis of the palms is a treatable condition with Botox for people in business, manual labor, and musicians. Results are long lasting and effective. This is the right treatment for the right person.

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