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Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating): Do You Suffer from It?

 

What Is It

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is a rare condition (approximately 2.8 percent of Americans suffer from it that affects the hands, face, feet, and, sometimes, the rest of the body. Extreme perspiration is frustrating at best and embarrassing at worst, especially in public situations. Treatment options can range from basic over-the-counter antiperspirants to invasive nerve-suspending surgery.

Diagnosis

The presence of sweat during non-anxious and non-active time periods is often the easiest indicator, but it's best to see a doctor for an accurate analysis. Most likely, you'll undergo a variety of blood tests so that your physician can rule out serious health concerns.

Treatments

1. Topical

The most elementary way to treat hyperhidrosis is with non-prescription commercial deodorants that contain aluminum chloride, like Certain Dri or Secret Clinical Strength. If those don't work, try a prescription antiperspirant, like Xerac, which should be used before bedtime. For areas of the skin where deodorant sticks can't be used, try DERMADoctor's MED e TATE wipes.

2. Botox Injections

Botox injections are a Food and Drug Administration-approved underarm treatment that temporarily block nerves and hinder sweat glands for up to six months at a time. Talk to your doctor before considering this option.

3. Surgery

Patients have also turned to endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETC), which is a more complicated, surgical procedure that cuts or clamps nerves near the spine. Speak with your doctorto learn more about this procedure.

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