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What does the treatment of hyperhidrosis involve?

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Some primary care physicians or general practitioners are familiar with the initial treatment of focal hyperhidrosis, which may include:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirants: These can be applied to the hands and feet, as well as the armpits. Hyperhidrosis that's controllable by OTC treatment doesn't need a doctor's visit. Antiperspirants can even be used at bedtime.
  • Prescription antiperspirants: Most people with hyperhidrosis will sweat through OTC antiperspirants. A doctor can prescribe a higher-strength, aluminum salt-based antiperspirant. This can be effective for mild cases of excessive sweating.

SOURCES: 

Haider A. January 2005; vol 172: pp 69-75.  Canadian Medical Association Journal,

International Hyperhidrosis Society: "Sweating Bullets: Hyperhidrosis Fact Sheet." 

Weber, A. 2005; vol 114: pp 342-345. British Journal of Dermatology,

Glaser, DA. 2012 Feb;38(2):185-91.  Dermatol Surg.

Hong, HC. 2012 May;38(5):728-35.  Dermatol Surg.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Haider A. January 2005; vol 172: pp 69-75.  Canadian Medical Association Journal,

International Hyperhidrosis Society: "Sweating Bullets: Hyperhidrosis Fact Sheet." 

Weber, A. 2005; vol 114: pp 342-345. British Journal of Dermatology,

Glaser, DA. 2012 Feb;38(2):185-91.  Dermatol Surg.

Hong, HC. 2012 May;38(5):728-35.  Dermatol Surg.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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