Botox can dry up sweating that has become a problem

Fitness Q & A

Health & Fitness

July 25, 2004|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,Special to the Sun

I hear you can get botox injections to stop you from sweating. Fact or fiction? How long does it last, and what does it cost?

Before you toss your deodorant sticks and beeline it to the nearest cosmetic surgeon, let's get one thing straight.

Sweat is good. It cools us off. It proves we're working hard. Heck, sweat can even be sexy (think Jennifer Beals in Flashdance or Brad Pitt in Fight Club).

That said, what you've heard is not a myth. Botox injections paralyze the nerves that stimulate your sweat glands.

For those with chronic sweating problems (often caused by a thyroid disorder or simple genetics), this treatment may be a godsend. For the rest of us, this is a very expensive ($1,000, or more), very short-lived (six months to a year) solution to a problem that probably didn't need solving in the first place. After all, what would we do without the phrase "hot and sweaty"? "Hot and bone-dry"? Well, it just doesn't have quite the same ring.

I strained my lower back lifting weights last month, and it still bothers me on and off. I'm moving in a few weeks and am nervous about lifting boxes and moving furniture. What can I do to protect my back and avoid re-injuring it? I can't afford to hire a mover.

Enlist as many friends and relatives as you can in the moving process. With any luck, you can pack and unpack the boxes and leave the heavy lifting to someone else. If you must lift, follow these do's and don'ts:

DO:

* Lift and lower slowly and smoothly

* Use both hands

* Hold the object close to your body

* Bend your knees

* Make sure your footing is solid

DON'T:

* Twist or turn as you lift

* Hold the object at arm's length

* Jerk the object while lifting

* Bend at the waist

* Lift anything above your head

Most importantly, visit your doctor before doing anything. He or she will tell you if you risk long-term damage by helping with your move.

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