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Treatment Options for Excessive Sweating

Youwen Zhou, MD, Ph.D.

While sweating is a normal process designed to control temperature and will occur following exercise, exposure to heat, or stress, some people can sweat excessively on the palms or the feet and the underarms beyond what is functionally necessary. Hyperhidrosis is the medical name for excessive sweating, and is a condition that affects approximately 1 in 20 persons.

Hyperhidrosis is not life-threatening, and is considered a condition, rather than a disease. However, it can impact social, and professional life significantly, depending on occupation. This condition has long been thought to be untreatable, but there are now, many treatment options that are available to control this condition.

Traditional treatments include the use of antiperspirants, severing of sympathetic nerves, surgical removal of the sweat glands, blocking of sweat glands using electric currents, or oral medication which block neural transmitters that control the sweat glands. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, which you may wish to discuss with your physician.

The use of Botox® in controlling excessive sweating has become a reliable option recently. It is commonly used as an anti-aging filler, but it also blocks sweat glands, stopping sweating in the treated region. It is applied locally, and has no known side-effects, and lasts from 6 to 12 months, making it a convenient treatment option for many people with hyperhidrosis.


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