Firefighters Use Botox to Stop Sweating Under Pressure

CB031574Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for wrinkle removal, but surgeons have started to use this injectable for a variety of other purposes.  Since Botox freezes the muscles and reduces nerve tension, the injection can be administered around the forehead to ease migraines,  in the wrist joints to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, and even into the lower back to treat back pain.  Researchers have also found that Botox can reduce underam sweating, which is why many firefighters may be skipping the excess deodorant and in favor of a Botox jab.

Firefighters are prone to developing a condition called ‘hyperhidrosis’ or excessive sweating, which is often the result of the high stress they endure on a regular basis.  Firefighters can have a Botox injection administered directly into the armpits to paralyze the sweat glands. The effects are immediate, and some people experience a significant reduction in sweating after a few consecutive treatments. For those who experience excessive sweating in the trunk and from their feet, a combination of Botox and skincare products that contain deodorizing and moisture-absorbing ingredients can help.

According to Adelaide Herbert, professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, “As a safe treatment for excessive sweating, Botox is getting attention of late since the FDA has approved its use for patients as young as 18 years old. Though there are surgical treatments for sweating, there can be complications. Botox does not carry those risks.” (Source: Healthleader.uthouston.edu)

Botox has been approved by the FDA for hyperhidrosis, and may be a valuable solution for many firefighters experiencing the side effects of extreme stress.  Those that suffer from tension headaches and migraines may also be able to turn to Botox to relieve pain and reduce the effects of constant headaches. The average cost of a Botox injection is $400, and some cosmetic surgeons may extend a discount for patients who undergo several treatments over the course of a year.

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