Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive sweating. The sweating can affect just one specific area or the whole body. Although not life-threatening, it can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment and anxiety.
Fortunately, there are several options which can treat symptoms effectively. One of the options is the usage of BTA.
BTA, a muscle relaxant much in the news as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles has actually been used in many areas of medicine for some time, such as in the treatment of muscle spasm and certain types of headaches. Its latest medical use is for treating excessive sweating.
BTA is injected into tissues of the armpit, hand, or feet. The drug works by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, which is the chemical that activates sweat glands.
This may produce approximately six to twelves months of relief from sweating.
The injections can be uncomfortable, but the use of a very fine needle and topical anaesthetic cream can minimises discomfort.