Health Tip: Suggestions for Excessive Sweating
(HealthDay News) -- Sweating is the body's natural reaction to keep itself cool during warm or hot conditions.
But when it's excessive -- especially from the hands, face, underarms and feet -- it may be a symptom of a condition called hyperhidrosis, the American Academy of Family Physicians says.
The academy mentions these possible treatments for excessive sweating:
- An aluminum chloride solution (Drysol) can be used on the underarms, the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.
- A doctor can inject you with a medicine called botulinum toxin type A (Botox). This can be used on the underarms, hands or face.
- Iontophoresis involves putting tap water into a special device, placing your hands or feet in the water, and passing mild electrical current through the water to your skin.
- If other treatments fail, your doctor may suggest surgery involving the nerves associated with the condition.