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Hyperhidrosis

Treatment

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. In most people, it occurs symmetrically on specific areas of the body, such as the underarms, hands, feet or head. Hyperhidrosis can cause a great degree of emotional embarrassment and may affect the quality of a person’s life.

There are a variety of effective over the counter antiperspirants. A stronger formulation of the most common ingredient, aluminum chloride, is also available by prescription. For patients who do not respond to antiperspirants, botulinum toxin (Botox®) can be injected into the underarms, hands or feet to decrease the sweating. The effects of Botox® may last 4 to 6 months, at which time retreatment is necessary. There are also oral medications available in select cases.

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