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No need to sweat excessive perspiration.

If you are sweating out embarrassing perspiration for that upcoming summer wedding, consider Botox injections, suggests Erin Welch, a cosmetic dermatologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Best known for relaxing facial muscles to cut down on wrinkles, Botox works by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. The same neurotransmitter also sends the signal to stimulate sweat glands. The treatment takes about 15 minutes and involves several small injections in the armpits. Numbing cream is applied to the skin beforehand to make the procedure virtually painless.

"This is a popular treatment at this time of year for brides and grooms, as well as before prom or other events involving formal wear for people who experience excessive sweating that can be a source of embarrassment or ruin expensive clothing." explains Welch.

Those who experience hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) also can try prescription-strength antiperspirants and prescription pills that can decrease sweat production temporarily, but the medication sometimes can result in dry mouth and eyes as side effects. There also is a surgery called sympathectomy that severs the nerves that signal the sweat glands.

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Title Annotation:YOUR LIFE
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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