Treatments

  • Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants are considered the first line of treatment for excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, feet, and face.

They are called the first line of treatment because they are the least invasive and experts recommend that they be tried first, before other more invasive treatments. 

  • OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections (Botox®)

OnabotulinumtoxinA is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands.

By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains. 

  • Iontophoresis

During iontophoresis, a medical device is used to pass a mild electrical current through water (usually using shallow pans for hands or feet or specific pads for other body areas) and through the skin’s surface.

There are no significant or serious side effects and the benefits are long-term, provided you keep up with the maintenance schedule your doctor recommends (usually once per week).

  • Lasers

For the treatment of underarm sweating, lasers are useful in that they can precisely target, heat, and destroy the sweat glands, which are primarily found in a specific layer of tissue under the skin of the underarms.

Tiny incisions (often so small they don’t even require a stitch) are made in the underarms to allow the laser tool to be passed under the skin. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete.

  • Natural Remedies

Natural remedies to treat hyperhidrosis may include herbal substances such as sage tea or sage tablets, chamomile, valerian root, and St. John’s Wort. Acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, and relaxation techniques have also been suggested as potential treatments.

Recently, we received an email suggesting that eating a completely gluten-free diet can cause excessive sweating to stop. Currently there is little research to recommend such natural remedies, but this doesn’t discount their potential. 

  • Oral Medications

There are a number of oral (taken by mouth) prescription medications that may be used to manage certain types of excessive sweating.

The medications work in a variety of ways to systemically (in your body’s whole “system”) limit sweating. They do this by helping to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands and, thus, decreasing overall sweating. 

  • Surgery, ETS

After all other treatments have been tried, adjusted for individual circumstances, and still found to be ineffective, surgical treatment for excessive sweating may be an option considered by your physician.

There are a few different types of surgery that may used to treat hyperhidrosis. The most invasive of these is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). ETS is considered a last resort because it frequently causes serious, irreversible compensatory sweating

  • Sweat Block Wipes

Whether it’s nerves or anxiety, hyperhidrosis or hormones, SweatBlock Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Wipes are up to the task of keeping you dry, comfortable, and confident. Guaranteed!

SweatBlock is a trade-secret antiperspirant formula pre-soaked on a soft towelette. Specifically designed to stop excessive sweating and reduce irritation for up to 7 days per use, SweatBlock is strong against sweat even when other antiperspirants have let you down.

  • Relaxation Techniques

If you sweat excessively, and find that stress and anxiety worsen your symptoms, you should check out these methods of relaxation.

They have been scientifically evaluated and shown to improve the outcomes of dermatology patients. Stress management can lessen your hyperhidrosis symptoms and improve your health.

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