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What is the treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)?

There are many nonsurgical alternatives to treat patients with hyperhidrosis. Some patients with hyperhidrosis have mild symptoms, which can be helped without the need for surgery. It is important to have a medical evaluation to be certain that symptoms are not the result of an endocrine or hormonal imbalance before trying any over-the-counter remedy. Under the guidance of a board-certified dermatologist, a trial of topical remedies may be recommended if they have not yet been tried. Botox therapy can effectively treat palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis; however, it is not a permanent solution, and symptoms may recur after four to six months. Occasionally, temporary relief is only necessary, such as prior to a major social event. In those instances, Botox therapy can be considered. Other treatment options include:

  • Drysol
  • Drionics
  • Herbal therapy
  • Beta-blockers
  • Anticholinergics
  • Tap water ionotophoresis

Patients with severe symptoms who fail to respond to these non-surgical remedies can be referred for surgery.

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