What’s the best way to combat hyperhidrosis? Dermatologists suggest:
● Antiperspirants. Normally used on the underarms and the feet, antiperspirant preparations for the hands are also available. The active ingredient in most antiperspirants is aluminium chloride, which creates a waterproof barrier that prevents sweat from the glands and ducts to reach the skin’s surface.
● Oral medications. A class of drugs known as anticholinergics may be prescribed by doctors but have varied success rates depending on the severity of the condition. Anticholinergic medications act by blocking impulses in nerve fibers, preventing sweat glands from receiving the stimuli necessary to produce sweat. A doctor’s prescription, however, is necessary before drugs can be taken by a hyperhidrosis sufferer.
● Botulinum toxin. Known in the aesthetic world as a remedy for wrinkles, botulinum toxin type A is injected into the skin to temporarily block neurotransmitters that induce sweat production. Botulinum is said to be most effective for axillary hyperhidrosis. The injections, as with any treatment using a needle, can prove irritating, especially since they are done in multiple sites in the palms, armpits or face to cover most, if not all sweat glands in the area.
● Iontophoresis. Using a gadget that serves as a hand or foot bath, iontophoresis employs the use of electrical currents to induce changes in the sweat glands, consequently disrupting the production of sweat. Iontophoresis treats mild to moderate hyperhidrosis cases and has been rated by sufferers as time consuming. Normally, a session can last for as short as 20 minutes or can extend to an hour, depending on the need. The procedure is done daily for an indefinite period of time until results are experienced.