Sweating is normal. It occurs when we are in a hot and humid environment, and our body compensates to lower our body temperature through sweating. It is also triggered when we get anxious or nervous.
There are some cases wherein the body excessively sweats to the point that it becomes a day-to-day discomfort creating social embarrassment and emotional distress.
This over-sweating is called hyperhidrosis.
There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis (PFH)
- Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis (SGH)
The former refers to sweating of specific areas in the body. Whereas the latter refers to sweating of the whole body even while asleep
For PFH, it becomes necessary only when the patient finds it uncomfortable to proceed with their daily activities.
It is primarily a preference rather than a disease that needs to be treated.
How is it treated?
One of the most popular approaches to PFH, whether it is on the hands, feet, or underarms, is Botox. It works by blocking the overactive chemicals that send a signal to the sweat gland to produce sweat.
Since the blockage is not permanent, the effect is also temporary and can last for 4 to 9 months.
If you’ve done Botox for the face, you will notice that the technique for PFH is different. It is more superficial because the target is different– sweat glands.
The effect can be first experienced after 2 to 3 days with better results after 2 weeks.
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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.