Hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition, yet many people never seek treatment. Why? According to a recent large survey:
Fortunately, there is some help for hyperhidrosis. The chart below is a summary of possible treatments—from antiperspirants to surgery.
Talk to a dermatology healthcare professional 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-Strength Antiperspirants||Prescription-strength antiperspirants contain higher concentrations of active ingredients (eg, aluminum hexahydrate) and may provide more effective relief.|
|Prescription Medications||There are prescription medicines that can temporarily provide relief by chemically blocking the sweat glands from working. Some are delivered as pills and others as a series of injections.|
|Thermolysis||This is a more recent, hand-held treatment device that emits electromagnetic (microwave) energy to destroy axillary (underarm) sweat glands.|
|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).|