1. Hyperhidrosis Treatments
Treating hyperhidrosis may start with treating the condition causing it. If a cause isn’t found treatment focuses on controlling heaving sweating.
If new self-care habits don’t improve your symptoms your healthcare providers may suggest one or more of the following treatments. Even if your sweating improves after treatment, it may recur.
2. Hyperhidrosis Medications
Drugs used to treat hyperhidrosis I included:
Your healthcare providers may prescribe an antiperspirant with aluminum chloride (Drysol, Xerac AC).
Prescription cream and wipes:
Prescription creams that contain glycopyrrolate may help hyperhidrosis that affects the face and head. Wipe soaked in glycosyl uranium tosylate may ease symptoms of the hand, feet, and underarms.
Nerve Blocking Medication:
Some pills block the Nerve that triggers sweat glands. This can reduce sweating in some people. Possible side effects include dry mouth.
Some medications used for depression can also decrease sweating. They may also help to reduce anxiety.
3. Hyperhidrosis Surgerys
Your healthcare providers might suggest other treatments:
Iontophoresis of Hyperhidrosis:
With this home treatment, you soak your hands or feet in a pan of water while a device passes a mild electric current through the water. The current block the nerves that trigger sweating.
You can buy the device if you have a prescription from your healthcare provider. You will soak the affected area for 20 to 40 minutes. Repeat the treatment 2 to 3 times a week until your symptoms improve.
With this therapy, a handheld device delivers microwave energy to destroy sweat glands in the armpit. Treatment involves two to 20 to 30 minutes sessions, three months apart. Possible side effects are a change in skin sensation and some discomfort. Long-term side effects are unknown.
Sweat Gland Removal:
If you sweat heavily only in your attempts your healthcare providers may suggest removing those sweat glands. This may be done by scrapping them away, suctioning them out, or using a combination of the two suction curettage.
Nerve surgery (sympathectomy):
During this procedure, the surgeon removes a small section of the spinal nerve that controls sweating in your hand. A possible side effect is permanently heavy sweating in the other area of your body.
Surgery is generally not an option for isolated head and neck sweating. A variation on this procedure treats the palms.