Treatment for excessive sweating

This is the section you are most likely to be interested in if you are suffering from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. You may be curious about the causes of excessive sweating; the different types of excessive sweating and how it is diagnosed.

But what most people want to know is how to treat excessive sweating.

There is a range of treatment available for excessive sweating which includes:

  • Antiperspirants
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Sweat pads
  • Iontophoresis
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy
  • Sweat gland suction
  • Medication

These are discussed individually in this guide.

Have you visited your GP?

If not then it is important to do so in order to rule out any diseases which may be causing excessive sweating. You may have an undiagnosed condition which is the cause of your excessive sweating or are taking a type of medicine which is also causing this.

Any treatment prescribed will depend upon whether you have general hyperhidrosis (affects the entire body) or focal hyperhidrosis (affects certain parts of the body).

Plus, your GP will want to determine if you have primary focal hyperhidrosis or secondary focal hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis has no noticeable cause whereas secondary hyperhidrosis occurs as a reaction to an illness or disease. Find out more about how this is detected by your GP in our diagnosis of excessive sweating section.

Once a diagnosis has been confirmed the next step is to plan a course of treatment. What is often the case is that more than one form of treatment has to be used in order to achieve a successful result. This means mixing several methods together such as lifestyle changes and prescription antiperspirants.

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