Sweating Treatment

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis disorder is a condition that results in excessive sweating. This sweating can occur in unusual situations, such as in cooler weather, or without any trigger at all. It can also be caused by other medical conditions, such as menopause or hyperthyroidism.

Hyperhidrosis can be uncomfortable. However, several treatment options can provide some relief.

Treatment options for excessive sweating, There are several treatment options for excessive sweating.

Specialized antiperspirant

Your doctor might prescribe an antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride. This antiperspirant is stronger than those available over the counter and is often used to treat mild cases of hyperhidrosis.

Iontophoresis

This procedure uses a device that delivers low-level electrical currents while you’re submerged in water. The currents are often delivered to your hands, feet, or armpits to temporarily block your sweat glands.

Anticholinergic drugs

Anticholinergic drugs can provide relief for generalized sweating. These drugs, such as glycopyrrolate (Robinul), prevent acetylcholine from working. Acetylcholine is a chemical your body produces that helps stimulate your sweat glands.

These drugs take about two weeks to work and may cause side effects such as constipation and dizziness.

Botox (botulinum toxin)

Botox injections may be used to treat severe hyperhidrosis. They block the nerves that stimulate your sweat glands. You usually need several injections before this treatment becomes effective.

Surgery

If you only have sweating in your armpits, surgery might be able to treat your condition. One procedure involves removing the sweat glands in your armpits. Another option is to have an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. This involves severing the nerves that carry messages to your sweat glands.


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