Excessive Sweating Treatments

While a certain amount of sweat production is normal for our bodies in order to cool off after physical exertion, some people are prone to sweat excessively all the time in a condition called hyperhidrosis. These poor individuals sweat heavily even when their bodies are at rest or not in any need of cooling. Not only can hyperhidrosis cause skin conditions and bacterial infections, it also causes embarrassment and anxiety in sufferers.

Treatment of extreme sweating

Depending upon the location and degree of perspiration, your dermatologist may suggest one or more of the following treatments:

  • Antiperspirants—Strong antiperspirants containing aluminum salts can be used to block the sweat glands.
  • Botox injections—This botulinum toxin blocks the chemical messengers in the nerves that trigger the sweating response. It can decrease perspiration by an astonishing 80 to 90 percent.
  • Electric current stimulation—This procedure, known as iontophoresis, is performed by immersing the feet in a water bath in which a slight electrical current has been induced. For reasons not entirely understood, several treatments can cause sweating to stop.
  • Anticholinergic drugs—These drugs of last resort actually stop the activation of the sweat glands, but the side effects include heart palpitations, blurred vision, and urinary tract problems.
  • Surgery—This is for severe cases that haven’t responded to other treatments and involves the surgical removal of the sweat glands through cutting, scraping, or suctioning.

Treating hyperhidrosis can be difficult, but an experienced dermatologist can help get it under control and decrease your anxiety. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.