Hyperhidrosis treatment (excessive sweating) – FAQS
What is are muscle relaxant injections and how do they work?
The muscle relaxant injections are a very pure preparation of a protein, Botulinum toxin type A. When small doses are injected into the skin, muscle relaxant injections block the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat. Muscle relaxant injections block the nerve endings but over about 6-8 months new nerve endings grow to replace them. Hence, it works for sweating armpits to sweating forehead as the principle of how it cures is the same.
What happens during treatment?
Using a very fine needle, a small amount of a solution of muscle relaxant injections are placed in 10 to 15 places about 1.5 – 2 cm apart and spread evenly in each area. A course of excessive sweating treatment (hyperhidrosis) takes about a total of 30 minutes.
Facts From Medical Literature
Link to International Hyperhidrosis Society:
Hyperhidrosis is a chronic disorder of excessive sweating that can affect any body part, including the underarms, the palms, the soles of the feet, and the face. Until now, most treatments for excessive sweating were often ineffective, short acting or had significant risks. For those suffering from excessive sweating, Botox treatments give them new hope where previous therapies have failed before.
By blocking the release of acetylcholine, which activates the sweat glands, muscle relaxant injections can relieve excessive sweating. Previous treatments for excessive sweating for the underarms — which is known as axillary hyperhidrosis—were often ineffective and short-acting, or were associated with significant risks.
Studies have shown that 80 to 95% of patients respond to one treatment session (Naumann 2001; Lowe 2003; Naumann 2003). Along with a decrease in perspiration, injections can improve quality of life (Campanati 2003) and decrease body odour (Heckmann 2003) for up to 7 months (Naumann 2003). A long-term study has shown that side effects are minimal, and repeated injections over 16 months are safe and efficacious, with 50% or greater reduction in sweating seen in 96% of patients after the first treatment (Naumann 2003).
Does It Hurt?
Only minimally. Because the skin of the armpit is thin, muscle relaxant injections underarm sweating treatment there is barely felt. The needles used are extremely fine, and they themselves are not felt much but the muscle relaxant itself stings lightly.
How quickly does it work to stop sweating excessively and how long will the effects last?
You should notice some change for the better within a week of your treatment. Different people have different responses to treatment. In a clinical trials, sweat production was reduced by more than 90% in two weeks with hyperhidrosis treatment.
Are Muscle Relaxant Injections for Hyperhidrosis Expensive?
No, not when you consider the cost of frequent changes of clothing, deodorants etc. The cost of embarrassment and social phobia is also high!