Sweating is the body’s mechanism to cool itself, and normally occurs on the palms and underarms when the body temperature rises or when you become nervous. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, occurs when the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands become overactive.
Hyperhidrosis can occur on the palms, soles of the feet, and the underarms. 2-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating. Although it is most commonly a neurologic problem, your doctor should rule out other causes, such as an overactive thyroid gland, Diabetes, menopause, or certain types of medications.
Over the Counter Antiperspirants:
- Certain Dry or Zeasorb Powder
Prescription Antiperspirants: Containing Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate
- Drysol (20% solution) Apply under plastic wrap 3-5 nights per week
- Bromi Lotion (20% lotion)- Apply at under plastic wrap every night
- Formalin Solution to affected area of palms/soles
- Formadon 10% Formaldehyde Solution – Apply QD
- Rorma-Ray 20% solution – Apply twice weekly
- Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) 1-2 mg PO TID
- Propantheline Bromide 15 mg PO TID
- Hydroxyzine 25 mg PO TID
- Clonidine 0.1 mg QAM / 0.1 mg PO BID