Treatments for hyperhidrosis

Antiperspirants To Treat Excessive Sweating

Antiperspirants work by reducing sweat production which emanates from the eccrine and apocrine sweat glands. It is worth noting that most patients with excessive sweating characterised as hyperhidrosis may find that commonly available version of antiperspirants are not strong enough to help with their sweating. Generally the most efficacious antiperspirants will be one that is high in Aluminum Chloride and these tend to given only on a prescription basis.

Antiperspirants are a treatment for excessive sweating which can be effective in many cases. It is generally the easiest hyperhidrosis treatment available as it can be bought in many different varieties without a prescription. There are also higher strength anti perspirant which can be purchased with a prescription from a doctor. For example Drysol has been quoted to work in 80% of people who have tried it to help with excessive sweating. Drysol contains aluminum chloride hexahydrate. This is common with most effective antiperspirants which tend to contain aluminium chloride and alcohol. It is important to make the distinction between an antiperspirant and a deodorant as they are not the same thing, a deodorant only will deal with the odour which is produced from the perspiration rather than do anything about the underlying perspiration which is causing the problem. Generally it is useful to dry the sweaty area completely first before applying the antiperspirant. To reduce the chance of any skin irritation occurring it can be prudent to apply the antiperspirant at night and then wash it off in the morning, also it is not meant to be rubbed in or applied after shaving on the face. Initially it may be required to use the antiperspirant on a daily basis and once the sweating has reduced this can be reduced to once or twice a week, depending upon the severity of the sweating. Xertac AC is another medical antiperspirant used to treat excessive sweating. Other antiperspirants include Odaban and Maxim.