To help decrease the uncomfortable feeling and odor associated with sweating try:
- Frequent clothing changes
- Careful washing
A number of treatments can be applied to decrease sweating in a particular area. These include:
- Aluminum chloride hexahydrate
- Aluminum tetrachloride
- Formalin compresses
- Glutaraldehyde compresses
- Iontophoresis (stimulation with electrical current)—needs to be repeated on a daily or weekly basis, eventually tapering off to every 1-2 weeks; may be used if prescription antiperspirants don't work
These are very rarely used due to their side effects, but may include:
This is the poison produced by the bacteria that cause botulism. Injections of this poison can decrease sweating in certain areas. It is often used on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The effect of one cycle of injections may last for 6-8 months for most patients.
- Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy—the destruction of nerves that stimulate sweating
- Curettage—local removal of sweat glands via surgical scraping
- Liposuction techniques
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