What is Botox?

You might think of Botox (or Botulinum Toxin) as an anti-ageing treatment for wrinkles however it can be used to effectively reduce, if not temporarily stop, Hyperhidrosis. Botox is administered as injections to block the nerve signals which cause the sweating; therefore reducing it. It should be effective for a few months before injections are needed again.

Botox can be used for excessive sweating on hands, underarms and the forehead although few tests have been done on feet. According to the IHS, it’s 80-90% successful for palmar hyperhidrosis and sweating can be reduced by roughly 75% for up to 5 months - of course this depends on the individual.

There are downsides to Botox. Firstly you will need a LOT of injections; for palmer hyperhidrosis you could be looking for up to 25 in each palm. Some doctors may give you a numbing cream before hand. Secondly, if you’re in the US then you should check your medical insurance as although most cover the treatment costs (roughly $1000 a time) not all will. Like all medications, theres also a chance of side effects which may include compensatory sweating elsewhere.