How Botox Can Keep Overactive Sweat Under Control And Why You Should Try Natural Remedies Instead
Botox isn't just for temporarily freezing wrinkles and helping you lose weight. Did you know doctors have been injecting hyperactive sweat gland patients with botox to help regulate their sweating? Here's why it might be dangerous and some natural alternatives you can try.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a patient sweats too much at random times without physical or mental triggers, like hot body temperature or fear. Their body temperature can be perfectly normal and they can be feeling content but suddenly start sweating excessively.
Hyperhidrosis is genetic, and can be very dismaying when the affected areas are the hands, arms, or feet. Many underlying conditions can cause hyperhidrosis, like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and hyperthyroidism, but it can also develop on its own without any obvious underlying conditions.
Medical treatment options include:
- Medical-grade antiperspirants that block the sweat ducts.
- Iontophoresis where affected areas are submerged in water with a gentle electric current passing through for 10 to 20 minutes. This temporarily shuts off sweat glands.
- Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy where the nerve responsible for excessive sweating is surgically cut.
Another accepted medical treatment are botox injections to the affected areas. Studies show that botox injections do lower the amount of sweating in patients. Other studies show that botox injections significantly lowered overactive sweating in over 80 percent of patients. But the treatment can have side effects, like flu-like symptoms and temporary weakness. It can even cause intense pain. Long-term botox injection treatment can lead to permanent damage to your nervous system, which can lead to chronic twitching and numbness.
Botox's treatment capabilities are starting to widen – it's been found to help you lose weight too. But given botox's possible scary long-term repercussions, you should consider natural treatment options for hyperhidrosis instead:
Wear cotton and silk clothing. Cotton and silk are better for sweating. You can also bring extra shirts when you leave home.
Hypnotherapy. According to hypnotherapist Cate Bradley, anxiety conditions can cause excessive sweating. Research has shown that hypnotherapy can alleviate anxiety, and if that's the underlying condition causing hyperhidrosis, it may also alleviate the excessive sweating.
Herbal therapy. Researchers found that topical tannins derived from herbs can close sweat duct openings. These also help control body odor from sweating because they have antimicrobial properties, which help lessen bacterial colonies that are responsible for causing body odor. Black tea, witch hazel, agrimony, English walnut leaf, and other herbs are effective in helping treat hyperhidrosis.
Don't resort to botox. Try these natural remedies first – and if they don't work for you, consult your doctor about safer treatment options.