Excessive sweating is never a good look. In the past, we would just have to deal with excessive sweat as a part of life; but nowadays, thanks to technology, we are able to lessen our perspiration with treatments that either temporarily or permanently reduce sweating.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is the mechanism that the body uses to cool itself and often occurs on the palms, underarms and other areas when the body temperature rises or as a response to anxious feelings. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the nerves that are responsible for triggering your sweat glands become overactive, producing excess sweat. While this condition is not dangerous to your health, it can be hard to manage and somewhat embarrassing for those who experience it.
How is Hyperhidrosis treated?
There are several options for treating hyperhidrosis. The option you and your doctor decide on will vary based on your age and the severity of your condition.
- Over-the-Counter Antiperspirants – In more minor cases and for younger patients, it may be recommended to first try a stronger antiperspirant from the drugstore.
- Prescription Antiperspirants – Another topical option may be prescription deodorant/antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate in a higher concentration
- Oral Medications – prescription oral medications for hyperhidrosis contain nerve blocking substances to stop the trigger of excessive sweating before it starts.
- Botox Injections – Similar to nerve-blocking medications, Botox injections also temporarily block the nerves that cause sweating. The results last six to 12 months and then need to be repeated for continued results. In several cases, it is covered by insurance.
- Iontophoresis – This is a type of electrical current therapy that helps topical medications absorb into the skin.