Treatment of excessive sweating of palms and soles (Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis)
Excessive sweating over the palms and soles can be an embarrassing problem.However, there are some solutions which can help:
Antiperspirants: Antiperspirants are usually the first line of treatment. These are lotions and creams which are applied and left on overnight. They work by forming temporary plugs so that they block sweat production and secretion. However, they need to be used everyday to get results.
Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis is a medical procedure where you sit with your hands and feet in a shallow tray of water, and a low current passes through the water. This treatment takes twenty to thirty minutes and needs to be repeated several times a week initially to show results. Once the results are evident, you can even buy a machine to use at home. Iontophoresis cannot be used by pregnant women, or if you have cardiac problems, pace makers or if you suffer from epilepsy.
Botox: A medical treatment option is to use small quantities of Botox, the same medicine used to treat wrinkles. Botox is FDA approved for the treatment of underarm sweating, however, doctors are now using it to treat the sweating of hands as well. The results last 7 – 10 months post treatment. This is a very effective solution for some one who is looking for quick results.
Anticholinergic drugs: If Iontophoresis or Antiperspirants have not worked for you, your dermatologist may suggest some medicines. However, these cannot be used for extended periods as they have significant side effects like palpitations, dry mouth, blurred vision and urinary disturbances.
Surgery: Surgery is only recommended for people with severe hyperhidrosis who do not get better with any of the other treatments. Surgery is irreversible and can leave scars.
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The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.