If you experience excessive sweating when you’re not exercising or somewhere with a high temperature, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis. You may sweat so much that you soak through clothing or have sweat drip from your body. Excessive sweating usually affects the entire body.
As an initial course of treatment, your dermatologist may prescribe an antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride (Drysol, Xerax AC). You’ll typically apply the antiperspirant before you go to bed, and then wash it off in the morning.
Some oral (taken by mouth) medications block the chemicals that allow certain nerves to communicate with each other, which works to reduce sweating in some people with hyperhidrosis.
Some oral medications typically prescribed for depression also decrease sweating. What’s more, anxiety can worsen sweating, so these types of medication also work to reduce episodes of anxiety.
Botulinum Toxin Injections
Injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) can help reduce sweating by blocking the nerves that trigger your sweat glands. The effects of each treatment lasts six to 12 months, so you’ll need to come in for subsequent treatments.
Through a medical examination of your skin, we can accurately diagnose and determine the best way to treat your hyperhidrosis.
Blood or Urine Test
Your dermatologist may order a blood or urine test to make sure your hyperhidrosis isn’t being caused by an underlying health condition, such as an overactive thyroid or low blood sugar.
Your dermatologist may use a sweat test — such as an iodine-starch test, thermoregulatory sweat test, or a skin conductance test — to pinpoint the areas of sweating and determine the severity of your hyperhidrosis.
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