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Excessive sweating

What is it?

Hyperhidrosis is an abnormal amount of sweating, and can affect daily life function. Patients with hyperhidrosis may suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, feet, or general body, and cannot control or manage when or why they sweat. This might be a result of a condition, medication side effect, or just a genetic predisposition.

Treatment OptionKey BenefitAverage Number of TreatmentsAmount of DowntimeComfort Measures
Topicals
(OTC or prescription aluminum salts, salicylic acid)
Reduces sweating in local area where solution is appliedDaily maintenance, or 3 times/week (Drysol)Some skin irritation possible with high concentration formulasnone
Oral MedicationsHelps reduce generalized sweating all overDaily or as needed for special occasionsPossible side effects of systemic drugs, for example, dry mouthnone
Iontophoresis
(Home use device using galvanic current)
Non-drug way to help reduce sweating of hands, feet, underarms2-3 week, and maintenance as needednoneNone. Some people are non responsive to this therapy.
Injections with Botox TherapeuticStops sweating in injected areas for 3-9 monthsOnce every 3-9 monthsnoneCold air for underarms, topical anesthesia for hands