Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition, yet many people never seek treatment. Why? According to a recent large survey:

  • 60% of people with hyperhidrosis do not know it is a medical condition
  • 47% do not think there is a treatment option for them

Fortunately, there is some help for hyperhidrosis.

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The chart below is a summary of possible treatments—from antiperspirants to surgery. Talk to a dermatologist about your potential treatment options.


Treatment How It Works
“Clinical-Strength” Antiperspirants “Clinical-strength” antiperspirants are available over the counter and sit on top of your skin. As you sweat, the antiperspirant is pulled into your sweat glands and then plugs them, reducing the flow of sweat.
Prescription Wipes This prescription medicine is applied topically (on the skin) through a cloth towelette, and prevents action of the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat produced.
Prescription-Strength Antiperspirants Prescription-strength antiperspirants contain higher concentrations of active ingredients (eg, aluminum hexahydrate) and may provide more effective relief.
Oral Medications These are prescription medicines that are delivered as pills and can temporarily provide relief by chemically blocking the sweat glands from working.
Injection Medications During this in-office procedure, a dermatologist delivers small doses of medicine through a series of injections into the affected area, temporarily blocking the nerves that stimulate sweat.
Thermolysis This is a hand-held treatment device that gives off electromagnetic (microwave) energy to destroy axillary (underarm) sweat glands. Your dermatologist would do this in his or her office.
Surgery A dermatologist can surgically remove sweat glands from the underarms during an in-office procedure. Surgical techniques involved can include excision (cutting out sweat glands), liposuction, curettage (scraping out), or laser surgery (vaporizes tissue).

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