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 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).|