- November 25th 2011
Around seven million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, producing up to five times the amount of sweat needed to regulate body temperature. Their damp hands and sweaty armpits can become a cause for social awkwardness and self-conscious behavior.
Recently, a number of new treatments for hyperhidrosis have appeared, including the use of BOTOX® injections. The BOTOX® treatment for hyperhidrosis is expected to win FDA approval this year, although it has already been used for this purpose by physicians in the United States.
The main type of hyperhidrosis is primary or idiopathic hyperhidrosis-which usually begins in childhood or adolescence. The sweat glands are normal, but the central nervous system responds in an exaggerated manner to triggers such as emotional stress or hot weather, causing the individual to sweat profusely. The precise cause is unknown, and the disorder is usually limited to certain areas of the body such as the palms of the hands, sole [Read more]