Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating. Excessive sweating condition can affect your entire body or a few areas.
Before you begin searching for a cure for excessive sweating / hyperhidrosis, it's important that you know the causes of hyperhidrosis in advance. If you want to stop excessive sweating, then there are several hyperhidrosis treatments available to you. But how do I know which one will work best?
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The easiest and most common form is topical treatments like antiperspirants which you simply apply on the areas where you want to avoid sweating. Most of them are aluminum chloride-based.
Focal Botox injections are also becoming more popular, Botox basically blocks the nerve endings that lead to the sweat glands. This treatment is however very expensive and needs to be renewed every couple of weeks.
Another common treatment is iontophoresis, basically, a low-powered electric current is sent through the affected area to reduce the activity of the sweat glands. This treatment is most commonly used for palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis.
Surgery is almost not being used anymore, newer scientific findings showed that it is pretty ineffective. While it does permanently stop the excessive sweating in the area where it is performed, it can often lead to compensatory sweating in other areas of the body.