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Sweet Summer Sweat

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By Sarah Gillham

Good news for all you ‘Sweaty Bettys’ out there with some money to burn and a penchant for a touch of the Hollywood treatment. The answer to your sweat-free desires has arrived. You don’t have to sever your sweat glands, just get a spot of Botox.

Normally linked to the likes of film stars and other ‘A listers’, Botox has traditionally been used to plump up the pout of the beautiful people as luscious lips have become a must have in securing any leading role.

Nowadays, however, Botox it is becoming increasingly popular as a sweat buster. Rather than using chemical treatments such as prescription pills or super-strength antiperspirants to treat hyperhidrosis (the technical term for ‘excessive sweating’), Botox is being injected in to the arm pit to cure the problem.

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It is an extremely toxic substance, however, used in small doses can treat muscle spasms, wrinkles and even bladder complaints. It does this by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine so that electrical signals can no longer be relayed between neurones. It is this neurotransmitter which stimulates sweat glands, hence the success of the treatment for super-sweatiness.

The treatment is welcomed answer to the embarrassing problem of excessive sweating and has become increasingly popular for brides and grooms especially during the summer months. Presumably it has the added bonus of keep your armpits tight and taut on your big day.


Written by huehueteotl

May 11, 2007 at 7:12 pm

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