If your sweating problem has reached the stage where you need to treat it medically then visit a dermatologist who may recommend any of the FDA approved methods depending on the severity of the condition and the affected region. The data below looks into how to stop hyperhidrosis using medical treatments.
Prescription strength antiperspirant:
This could be one of the simplest resorts to do away with the wet in your sweat using medicines. Upon a visit to your dermatologist or a general physician you can avail a prescription request for purchasing a prescribed strength antiperspirant at a store.
Usually Drysol is recommended since it has 20% aluminum chloride it is effective in tentatively blocking the sweat glands in the applied regions. Antiperspirants should be avoided on the face as it can cause eye irritation. In case of men they should not be sprayed on immediately shaved face. And remember to spray from a distance and wipe off the upper part of the spray can to avoid bacterial growth inside the can.
You may experience slight itching or a tingling sensation sometimes on using antiperspirant but don’t get worked up as it should ward off soon.
Sometimes the severity of hyperhidrosis may reach the stage where antiperspirants no matter how strong may not be effective to reduce sweating. In such cases you need look for some serious treatment like:
Iontophoresis is the most preferred treatment for excessive sweating in the palms and soles of feet. Though comparatively less effective this method may be employed to treat the armpits. In this method the involved area (i.e. the area in which sweat production needs to be controlled) is immersed in water and electric current is sent to block the sweat glands. Each session may last for about 15 min and the no. of sessions required varies depending on the severity of the condition. You should be able to witness improvement in about a week’s time. Though the method is not painful it may cause mild discomfort in the form of skin irritation on the affected area though it’s only tentative.
Iontophoresis has been proved to give almost 80% success in driving off the excessive sweating. However, you may have to make frequent visits to a clinic or hospital to avail the treatment. In some places D-I-Y (Do it yourself) kits are also available.
Botulinum toxin method:
Botulinum toxin or botox as it is commonly known as can also be used effectively to treat hyperhidrosis. Botox is a protein widely used in the cosmetic industry in the anti aging therapy.
About 50 units of botox are injected on different spots in the affected region to stimulate the sweat glands to produce less sweat. The entire procedure might take around 45min to an hour depending on which part of the body is being treated. The effect of botox treatment is known to last for an average of 6 months beyond which you may need a second visit to the clinic. Botox treatment is expensive as botox is not easily available. Only licensed practitioners can avail it for treatment purposes. This method is commonly used to treat hyperhidrosis of the armpits.