Hyperhidrosis Treatment Overview
If you suffer from excessive sweating, you may feel like you’ve tried everything. You may have lost hope. Even if you feel this way, please take some time to read through our information about all the treatments currently available for treating hyperhidrosis. We think you'll leave feeling optimistic again. Please understand that we do not intend to replace the advice of a medical professional, but rather to provide information to support your quest for excessive sweating relief.
(Special note: As of Feb. 1, 2021, if you experience excessive sweating in your underarms, you may be able to join the “Cardigan Study”, a clinical research study taking place across the United States assessing an investigational topical drug for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the underarms). Learn more and see if you are eligible.)
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As for medical treatments, here's a brief overview (click through to specific treatment pages for more details):
The newest addition is Qbrexza®, a topical anticholinergic medication self-applied at home using a medicated wipe (or "cloth").
Additionally, healthcare providers and their patients are experimenting with combinations of treatments and getting good results.
Due to side effects, oral medications may not be recommended as a long-term solution, but they certainly have their place when treating excessive sweating on large parts of the body, when multiple body areas are affected, or as a short-term solution during a special event (such as a presentation at work or an important family function.)
ETS surgery, although heavily advertised, is reserved for only certain severe cases of palmar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the palms) that have not responded to any other treatment options or to combinations of treatments. Before considering ETS treatment, physicians and their patients must fully consider and discuss the real risks of permanent damage and severe side effects including compensatory sweating. When ETS is used to treat focal hyperhidrosis areas besides the palms, there appears to be reduced benefit and greater risk.
Everyone’s experience with this condition is different. So please be patient, explore all your options, explore combinations of options, adjust techniques, and work with your doctor to find the best treatments for your individual situation. Keep in mind, also, that research is still being conducted and new treatments, and new ways of using the current treatments, are being worked on. Subscribe to our News Blog, and you’ll be among the first to know about the latest developments.