Sweating is a vital physical function. It regulates our body temperature and cools not only our skin, but also the temperature inside the body. One to two percent of Germans suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes the body to sweat excessively and uncontrollably, regardless of the surrounding temperature or time of day. Those who suffer from this condition regard it – subjectively variable, but objectively comprehensible – as unpleasant and as highly disturbing, particularly within the context of social interaction at work or during leisure time. Hyperhidrosis usually occurs on the palms of the hand or the soles of the feet, in 40% of cases under the arms, and sometimes on the head (especially the forehead).
The cause of excessive sweating can be an overactive thyroid or a hormonal imbalance. Usually, however, there is no particular or known cause.
To combat hyperhidrosis, we use botulinum A, i.e., Botox, known for combating wrinkles. Botox blocks the nerve impulse that produces sweat and has established itself as a fast and simple treatment. The effect lasts up to six months, during which time the treated areas of the body are virtually sweat-free. Only thereafter does the production of sweat reoccur, but often with less intensity than it did before treatment. The therapy can be repeated any time; the drug is absorbed by the body without leaving any residue.