Hyperhidrosis and Its Treatment

Sweating excessively? If yes, then don’t take it for granted because this is not natural, and maybe you are suffering from Hyperhidrosis.

What is Hyperhidrosis

Overly sweating is defined as hyperhidrosis. It is divided into two categories.

(1) Primary Focal hyperhidrosis

When excessive sweating is not the result of any kind of medical condition or any side effect of any medication, this is referred as primary focal hyperhidrosis. Your body releases an excessive amount of sweat in certain areas on your body. You mostly notice sweat on your hands, feet, underarms, face, and head. People often do not experience much sweating while sleeping. This often begins in childhood or adolescence.

(2) Secondary Focal hyperhidrosis

Unlike primary focal hyperhidrosis, this is the result of any medical condition or is the side effect of any medication. Mostly, people suffering from diabetes, trauma injuries, menopause, obesity, overactive thyroid, tumor, and gout suffer from this secondary focal hyperhidrosis. In this health condition, people experience sweating in larger areas of their body. People suffering from secondary focal hyperhidrosis sweat heavily while sleeping.

What are the treatments for hyperhidrosis?

If you should not worry about this health disorder because various treatments are available to get over from hyperhidrosis.

Here are some:

The Natural Way

With some changes in your lifestyle, you may get over from primary focal hyperhidrosis. They are as following-

  • Avoid those things that cause sweating like spicy foods, smoking, and alcohol.
  • Avoid black and white dresses.
  • Avoid tight dresses.
  • Wear such socks that absorb moisture.
  • Replace your bathing soap with any of its substitutes and apply moisturizer on the skin as well.

Strong Antiperspirants

Antiperspirant with aluminum chloride can be helpful to deal with hyperhidrosis. If a light antiperspirant is unable to control the sweating, then you can try a strong antiperspirant to control the sweating.

However, before using this as a treatment for your health condition, this is important to know that aluminum chloride may result in mild skin irritation and tingling.


Anticholinergic, antimuscarinic, and Propantheline bromide are also used to cope with hyperhidrosis. These medicines lower down the effects of acetylcholine. The acetylcholine is a chemical in the human body that nervous system uses to activate and stimulate the sweat glands.

These may have their own side effects on your body. The possible side effects are like dry mouth, stomach cramps, constipation, blurred vision, and urine problem.

However, an important point is anticholinergic and antimuscarinic have not got the license to be used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. However, some people find them useful. Propantheline bromide has got the license to be used in the treatment of the excessive sweating problem.

Reach a dermatologist

If you don’t want to experience any kind of side effect and want a permanent and safe treatment, this would be better to reach an expert dermatologist in your area.

The dermatologist will provide you the approved treatments only.

Some of his treatments may include Iontophoresis, Botox injections. Surgery, etc. However, his treatment totally depends upon the condition of the health disorder.


If your hands and feet are often wet, your dermatologist may prescribe it to you. This is useful for armpit sweating as well but is less effective for it. Iontophoresis involves weak electric current to treat the condition.

If your hands and feet sweat more than you have to take water in a bowl and provide weak electric current to the water and then place your hands and feet in it. If your armpit needs treatment, then you need to use wet contact pad against each armpit, and the current passes through the pad.

Scared! You need not. The treatment is not painful but can cause discomfort or skin irritation for some time.

You need three to four sessions a week.


Botox injections are considered to be the best way to treat hyperhidrosis, and most of the dermatologists prefer this. You need these injections at regular intervals of several months. However, after some injections, the problem diminishes in most of the cases.


When the condition is severe, the doctor might recommend you the surgery.


As you have now known hyperhidrosis, its symptoms, and its treatments, do not waste your time and reach an expert dermatologist near you. Though I have informed you about other treatments also, I would not recommend them because it is the doctor who can examine the severity of the problem and prescribe you the best treatment required.

Recover soon. Best of Luck!

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