Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder and it causes its sufferers to be very unhappy. It can be embarrassing, anxiety inducing and uncomfortable. It causes staining of clothes, effects social relationships and negatively impacts emotional well being.
Injection of Botox has shown to be effective in alleviating excessive sweating of axilla, palms and soles. By preventing the release of messenger Acetylcholine Botox temporarily blocks the action of sweat glands. A very fine needle is used to inject Botox under the skin near the sweat glands responsible for excessive sweating.
It does not cure hyperhidrosis. The effect will wear off in time and repeat injection will have to be done. Typically the effect lasts for 6 months to 1 year.
FDA has approved Botox for migraine headaches since 2010. Large doses of Botox 100 to 300 units are injected in the forehead, in between the eyes, in the temples, around the head in the scalp muscles and in the neck muscles. It decreases the frequency and the severity of the migraine and tension headaches up to three months. Insurance will pay for it if the frequency is more than fifteen times a month or if you have headache for more than fifteen days a month. It is usually repeated every three months.