Botox is already approved by the Food & Drug Administration to treat hyperhydrosis, a medical condition that is characterized by excessive sweating and over-productive sweat glands. Few studies, however, have determined whether or not Botox injections could treat excessive sweating in teenagers.
A new study, published in Dermatology Times, indicates that Botox is a “safe, effective and well-tolerated treatment” for excessive sweating in teens ages 12 to 17. With Botox, most teenagers had decreased sweat volume, and most reported an improved quality of life.
On average, the effects of the Botox injections lasted about 4.5 months for teenagers with sweat problems and only 5.6% of participants reported some kind of adverse side effect.However, the study does not describe those side effects. Since the effects of Botox injections are temporary, those who suffer from excessive sweating will need repeat treatments.
Botox treatments can be prohibitively expensive for some people, and it’s a continuing expense if you want long-lasting relief. Botox for excessive sweating may be covered by some insurance carriers, but it varies by the carrier. Another option is to volunteer for a clinical trial, which will also give you an option to receive Botox treatments at little or not cost to you.
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