Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

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, and
  • 47% do not think there is a treatment option for them.

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 Antiperspirant 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).

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