Treatment depends on the type of hyperhidrosis and where the excessive sweating occurs on the body. Many people control their hyperhidrosis by combining treatment with tips for managing. Your doctor may also consider your overall health and other factors.
This will likely be the first treatment that a dermatologist recommends. When applied as directed, an antiperspirant can be an effective solution for hyperhidrosis. Your dermatologist may recommend a regular or clinical-strength OTC antiperspirant. Some people may need a stronger antiperspirant and receive a prescription for one.
If excessive sweating affects your hands, feet, or both areas, iontophoresis may be an option. This treatment requires you to immerse your hands or feet in a shallow pan of tap water. As you do this, a medical device sends a low-voltage current through the water. The electric current shuts down the treated sweat glands temporarily. Many people obtain relief, but some people dislike that this treatment can be time- consuming.
Your dermatologist can inject a weak form of this medicine into your underarms or other areas. To treat excessive sweating, a patient will need to have very tiny amounts injected in many areas of the underarms. When performed properly, patients have little pain or discomfort. Reduced sweating lasts about 4 to 6 months — and sometimes longer. When the excessive sweating returns, you can be retreated.