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09 February 2004

Botox can stop excessive sweating

Not only can Botox smooth your wrinkles, but it can also cut down on how much you perspire, research shows.

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Not only can Botox smooth your wrinkles, but it can also cut down on how much you perspire.

Those attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Washington, D.C., learned of the latest use of the substance, a weakened form of the deadly botulism toxin, which often causes fatal food poisoning.

The Associated Press reports that scientists from the St. Louis University School of Medicine found a way to inject Botox into the armpits of people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes the body to produce four-to-five times more sweat than what is normal. Previous treatments had included everything from powerful antiperspirants to surgery.

How Botox does its work
Apparently, the Botox paralyses a nerve that stimulates the sweat glands, the AP reports. The research seems to support this. Researchers gave 322 patients underarm injections of either Botox or salt water.

A month later, 75 percent of the Botox users reported a significant decrease in sweating, compared with a quarter of the placebo patients, the scientists say. – (HealthDayNews)

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