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D. 'Sweaty Palms Syndrome': New Insights and Treatment Options

Narrator: This is Science Today. A UCLA study has found evidence that sweaty palms syndrome - an often times debilitating, not to mention embarrassing problem - is genetic and underreported. For those who do suffer from this syndrome, known as hyperhidrosis, treatment includes a minimally invasive surgical procedure. But University of California, San Francisco dermatologist, Richard Glogau, says treatment also includes Botox - an injection that's commonly used in facial muscles to alleviate wrinkles.

Glogau: And the effect of Botox on the nerve endings that controls the sweat glands is identical to the effect on nerves that control the muscles. So we can inject, for instance, a sweaty palm and produce dryness from anywhere between six and twelve months.

Narrator: Glogau says the Botox injections would alleviate some of the risks associated with surgery.

Glogau: The main one being the body's tendency to compensate by sweating more in the non-treated area. Botox can produce dryness in the palms or the underarms without any compensatory sweating at all.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.