What can be done to cure hyperhidrosis?

It is not possible to completely cure primary focal hyperhidrosis by adapting your lifestyle, but it can reduce the amount you sweat and make a difference to your day-to-day life. Some suggestions to reduce sweating include:

  • Avoid wearing tight, clingy clothing and man-made fibres, such as nylon. Instead opt for loose clothing in light fabrics, such as cotton or linen.
  • Use an anti-perspirant rather than a regular deodorant, as anti-perspirants are designed to prevent or reduce perspiration, while deodorants are designed to provide a fresh, pleasant smell.
  • Avoid triggers if you can. Many people find drinking alcohol or eating spicy food makes them sweat.
  • If you are conscious of sweat patches, try to avoid wearing colours that will show sweat. White and black are the safest options
  • Try wearing armpit shields to absorb some of the excess moisture.
  • If you suffer from sweaty feet avoid socks made of man-made fibres, instead choose socks that are made of a soft material, which will absorb the moisture, such as cotton. It is also a good idea to avoid shoes made of synthetic material.
  • Visit your doctor. Do not be embarrassed about sweating, as your doctor will have seen many similar cases and they will be able to recommend changes and treatments, which could make your life a lot easier and more pleasant.

If the changes listed above do not help, your doctor may decide to prescribe an antiperspirant. Prescription antiperspirants are stronger than the normal ones you can buy in the shops. The most commonly used prescription anti-perspirant used to treat hyperhidrosis is aluminium chloride, which works by effectively clogging up the sweat glands. Aluminium chloride is usually applied at night and if you are applying it to your face, avoid your eyes.

If prescription medication does not work then your doctor may refer you to a specialist dermatologist and they may advise one of the following treatments:

  • Medication
  • Botox (botilinum toxin)
  • Iontophoresis
  • Surgery