Hyperhidrosis Treatment (excessive sweating)
About 1 person in 10 is affected by a situation in which the skin makes excessive sweat, a condition called hyperhidrosis. People affected by hyperhidrosis are usually otherwise perfectly healthy but the symptoms it produces can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Any area of the skin can be affected but particularly the hands, feet and armpits (axillae).
Hyperhidrosis Medical Treatments
Hyperhidrosis can often be controlled by medical treatments, depending on the sites affected. Some people will respond to specialist antiperspirants containing aluminium. For the hands and feet, a form of electrical stimulation called iontophoresis is the most effective treatment. Hands and/or feet are placed in a specially designed water bath and a mild electric current is applied. The treatment is pain-free but needs to be repeated once or twice weekly. The equipment can be purchased online from specialist equipment resellers.
For hyperhidrosis affecting the armpits, injections are highly effective. 10 to 20 injections are needed in each armpit and this greatly reduces sweating for between 6 to 12 months. The treatment is often repeated on an annual basis.
There can be several reasons for excessive sweating in certain areas of the body and it is important that you get the correct diagnosis and hence the appropriate treatment. Therefore we would always recommend that you discuss your condition with your dermatologist before undertaking any treatment.