OverviewSweating is the body’s way of regulating its temperature. When we’re hot, we sweat. That moisture then evaporates and cools us down. Sweating is a completely natural part of everyday life.Still, some people may find sweating undesirable in certain social situations, particularly if their sweat is leaving noticeable damp patches or stains. In these situations, there are some strategies that can help to reduce the amount that you sweat.
adrenal glands and causes our palms, feet, and underarms to sweat.
hyperhidrosis. If you do, there are several treatment options available to you:
- Prescription antiperspirant. Your doctor can prescribe a high-strength prescription antiperspirant that isn’t readily available to buy over the counter. Prescription creams are also available if your face and head are affected.
- Oral medication. There are some medications available from your doctor that block the chemicals that allow particular nerves to communicate with each other, which can help to reduce sweating. There are some potential side effects (including bladder problems, dry mouth, and blurred vision), so talk to your doctor about whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks.
- Antidepressants. Anxiety can lead to excess sweating. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants if they feel that this is contributing to your issue.
- Botox injections. These injections temporarily block the nerves that cause sweating. The injections last for 6 to 12 months, after which, the treatment will need to be repeated. The injections may cause minor pain, and some people experience muscle weakness temporarily in the area that they’ve had treated.
- Surgery. In extreme cases, there are some surgical options open to you. These include microwave therapy, sweat gland removal, and nerve surgery. Surgery should only be considered when your doctor determines that you have a serious condition causing you to sweat an unusual amount.