How Botox Can Provide Relief For Excessive Sweating & Hyperhidrosis

Botox Hyperhidrosis excessive sweating Edmonton

Sweating is normal, even healthy. But let’s be honest, nobody actually likes doing it.

Sure, sweating during an intense workout leaves us feeling like we accomplished something. And sporting a ‘glow’ during a hot beach vacation is sexy. But soaking through two shirts before a 9 a.m. meeting or offering up a wet handshake when introduced to someone at a party is another story; it’s downright embarrassing.

While the impact perspiration has on the average person teeters between annoying and inconvenient, for someone who sweats excessively, it can be debilitating.

Hyperhidrosis (HH), or excessive sweating, affects nearly one million Canadians. It dictates their choice of wardrobe, career, relationships, and limits countless opportunities. If you’re one of the many people suffering with hyperhidrosis, Dr. Sharma can help you battle this confidence-crushing disorder.

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Hyperhidrosis: The Facts

Each of us have somewhere between two and four million sweat glands which cover almost every inch of our bodies. Under normal circumstances, the body sweats in order to achieve a healthy internal body temperature (around 37°C). If the body gets too hot, our sweat glands are triggered, and the moisture from perspiration evaporates and cools us down.

However, for those who sweat excessively, the body goes above and beyond, and not in a good way. People with hyperhidrosis perspire more than what’s necessary to maintain an ideal temperature which can be up to 8 times more according to experts.

Why does hyperhidrosis happen?

Well, it depends on what type of hyperhidrosis a person suffers from. With Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis, the most common form of the disorder, little is understood about the cause. Experts agree that there is a genetic factor involved, causing the nervous system to malfunction and thereby over-stimulating the sweat glands. This form of hyperhidrosis is characterized by sweating in specific areas: underarms, hands, feet, face, head and groin. And although stress and anxiety may worsen the problem, they certainly don’t create it. Excessive sweating is a constant and devastating fact of life for hyperhidrosis sufferers.

More is understood about the less common form of the disorder, Secondary General Hyperhidrosis (SGHH). This is because SGHH isn’t really about the sweating. For those with this form of the disorder, there is a bigger issue at play. The excessive sweating, which covers the whole body and often occurs at night, is usually caused by one of the following:

  • Endocrine disorders
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Medication or drug use (rare)


First and foremost, it’s important that patients are correctly diagnosed with hyperhidrosis. Dermatologists are highly skilled at identifying the disorder, and once a patient receives a diagnosis, effective treatment options exist.

For those suffering with Secondary General Hyperhidrosis, doctors must pinpoint the underlying problem and address it. Excessive sweating should return to normal once the real issue is under control.

Most people suffering from Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis start the treatment process using antiperspirants and other topical treatments. And while these over-the-counter options are effective for some, if you’re reading this now, chances are they didn’t remedy your problem. For countless people, more substantial interventions are necessary to alleviate the excessive perspiration.

In 2004, BOTOX injections were approved for treating hyperhidrosis. Since then, dermatologists have used the treatment with high success rates – transforming the lives of sufferers, like you.

BOTOX, or OnabotulinumtoxinA, is a natural protein that blocks (temporarily) the release of a sweat-causing chemical. When injected into specific areas, such as the underarms, it prevents the body from sweating from that spot. Due to the massive number of sweat glands covering the body, the blockage of a few small areas doesn’t negatively impact the body’s ability to maintain a healthy temperature.

The treatment and results

BOTOX is injected just below the skin’s surface using a fine needle, meaning patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Results appear in less than a week and the benefits can last up to 12 months, depending on which area is treated.

The International Hyperhidrosis Society provides truly promising statistics: approximately 85% of people who receive BOTOX injections in their underarms notice a decrease in sweating. And the results of treatment in other areas are similar. This means that an improved quality of life and increased confidence are possible for you.


If you’re tired of excessive sweating dominating every aspect of your life, there is hope. Dr. Sharma is committed to providing the highest quality treatment to those suffering from hyperhidrosis in Edmonton.

During your personal consultation with Dr. Sharma, he will answer all your questions and address your concerns regarding the treatment of your disorder. Book your consultation today.

Contact Us For An Excessive Sweating Evaluation
Dr. Anil Sharma MD
Sharma Skin & Hair Surgery Clinic – Edmonton
Hyperhidrosis Treatment Questions? Contact Dr. Sharma 
Book a professional consultation